publication date: Thursday, December 15, 2011 (part of Winter 2012)

category: Military

clue: Somebody had to help the Navy work out the bugs in COBOL, and this officer was up to the task.

explanation: Hopper was an influential computer scientist for the U.S. Navy, who developed machine-independent programming languages like COBOL, and coined the term "debugging." more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Erik Bates, Steve Dunn, and Ryan Dunn

Mothers of Invention: These pioneering women in technology have saved the world from war, climate change, and boredom online with their contributions to modern inventions.

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