Grace Hooper

1906 - 1994

Mathematician, Computer Scientist, Teacher


"In pioneer days they used oxen for heavy pulling,
and when one ox couldn't budge a log,
they didn't try to grow a larger ox.
We shouldn't be trying for bigger computers,
but for more systems of computers."
"Humans are allergic to change.
They love to say,
'We've always done it this way.'
I try to fight that.
That's why I have a clock
that runs counter-clockwise."
"We're flooding people with information.
We need to feed it through a processor.
A human must turn information into
intelligence or knowledge.
We've tended to forget that no computer
will ever ask a new question."
"You manage things, you lead people.
We went overboard on management and
forgot about leadership.
It might help if we ran the MBAs
out of Washington."
"Shaking my hand she said,
'So you're the new Chips editor.
What makes you think you can do the job?'
I'll remember my promise, your Amazing Grace.
I'll take care of the baby."
- Interview by Diane Hamblen
"It's easier to ask forgiveness, than it is to get permission."