[Ads-l] Grace Murray Hopper Honored by Yale

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Sun Feb 12 21:36:43 EST 2017


It's much older than that. "Bug" was in engineering use long before
computers were on the scene. Thomas Edison used "bug" to mean a fault or
problem with a device as far back as 1878. (The OED has a different
Edison-related citation from 1889.) Computer scientists did not invent the
term.

http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/more/204/

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I was the first to really question the Hopper/moth myth, in several articles
beginning in the 1980s.  The definitive citations are given by Peggy Kidwell
in an article in the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.  I believe she
traced "debugging" back to 1944.

Fred Shapiro


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On Sun, 12 Feb 2017 03:40:52 Zone + 0000 "Shapiro, Fred"
<fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU> wrote:



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<snip>  But I am curious whether Hopper's principal claim to popular fame,
the colorful but wholly erroneous claim that she coined the term "bug" for
defects in computer hardware or software, will be repeated by the media or
Yale in connection with the naming.

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The log entry (see
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Google Honors Grace Hopper.and a
"bug"<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.wired.com_201
3_12_googles-2Ddoodle-2Dhonors-2Dgrace-2Dhopper-2Dand-2Dentomology_&d=CwIGaQ
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kDSyhSzS4Xw&e=>
urldefense.proofpoint.com
The December 9th, 2013 Google Doodle Honors Grace Hopper's 107th
Birthday...and has an entomological surprise at the end!



reads "First actual case of bug being found".



This strongly implies (if not proves) that the term "bug" for a technical
problem was already in existence and widely known, and that this was the
first actual case of a actual biological bug (in this case a moth) causing
such a bug.



The above-quoted website also suggests that the term "debugging" was
invented around this time, if not by Dr. Hopper.  Anyone have data?



- Jim Landau



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