Assignment 2

Philosophers, Great Thinkers, and Leaders

Hedy Lamarr

  • Name: Hedy Lamarr

  • Birth date and Death date (if applicable) 11/9/1914 - 01/19/2000

  • Field(s) of contribution: Communications

  • What is his/her major contribution(s)? Frequency Hopping transceivers ( I actually maintained and repaired this equipment while in the US Navy)

  • How does his/her contribution(s) impact STEM and Cyber? An updated version of her transceiver was used during the Cuban missile crisis and is fundamental in American spread-spectrum communications technology.

  • At least 2 additional fun facts

    • Starred in the 1933 film Ecstasy where she runs through countryside and swims while nude.

    • She was arrested in Florida for stealing $21.48 worth of laxatives and eye drops

Grace Hopper

  • Name: Grace Hopper

  • Birth date and Death date (if applicable) 12/9/1906 - 01/01/1992

  • Field(s) of contribution: Computer Language Technology

  • What is his/her major contribution(s)? Invented the first computer compiler contributing to the development of the COBOL computer language.

  • How does his/her contribution(s) impact STEM and Cyber? Computer languages require a compiler to translate written language to machine code.

  • At least 2 additional fun facts

    • Her associates discovered a moth inside one of her computers. The remains of the moth are in the Smithsonian Institution and is recognized as an early example of “debugging” a computer.

    • She was described as having an “All Navy” exterior appearance with a “Pirate dying to be released” interior.
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