Naval Academy to honor computer scientist Grace Hopper

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Posted: Sep 08, 2016 3:24 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy will name its future cyber building after Grace Hopper, a pioneering computer scientist and U.S. Navy rear admiral.

Vice Adm. Ted Carter, the superintendent, made the announcement Thursday at the academy's "Athena Conference: Heroines of the past, present and future." It's marking the 40th anniversary of women's admission to the academy. The cyber facility will be the first building named after a woman at the three main service academies.

A group of the first female academy graduates was at the conference to applaud the announcement.

Midshipman Frances Kratz, of Tampa, Florida, says she "teared up a little bit" when she heard the announcement. The sophomore computer science major says Hopper was a big influence on her decision to study computers at the academy.