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Grace Hopper (1906-1992), sometimes referred to as ‘Amazing Grace’, was a computer scientist and an Admiral in the US Navy. In 1944, she invented the first compiler for a computer programming language.

She earned her master’s and PhD in mathematics from Yale, and began teaching at Vassar in 1931. She was part of the US Navy Reserve during World War II, all while working for the Harvard Computation Lab, where she was part of the Mark I computer programming project. She remained on active duty well beyond the retirement age, becoming the oldest active-duty officer in the history of the Navy, at 79 years of age.

Raye Jean Montague broke barriers as a “Hidden Figure” at the US Navy.
“I’m known as the first person to design a ship using the computer,” Montague, now 82, said in an interview that aired on “Good Morning America. "I was the first female program manager of ships in the history of the Navy, which was the equivalent of being a CEO of a company. 

The upper decks of an aircraft carrier all have red lighting at night, because all the passageways open to the outside in one way, shape or another, and you can’t have white light escaping the ship, it’s too bright. So all the lights are deep red. This is disorienting and cool at first, but eventually you get used to it. You sort of forget you’re on this giant war machine with incredibly advanced technology that’s glowing red through all hours of the night so it can’t be spotted.

But every one in a while, when I worked the 12-hour night shift, I’d be walking down the p-way at 3:27 in the morning and it would just hit me. I was literally living in some kind of science-fiction world on a battle ship in the fucking ocean with jets landing inches above my head, wandering a hallway lit by red lights, and my brain would stop for a moment and go,

What the fuck am I doing here

The 5"/25 (127 mm) battery aboard the U.S. Navy battleship USS New Mexico (BB-40) prepares to fire during the bombardment of Saipan, 15 June 1944.
Note the time-fuze setters on the left side of each gun mount, each holding three “fixed” rounds of ammunition; the barrels of 20 mm machine guns at the extreme right; and triple the 14"/50 (34.5 cm) guns in the background.

(Source: Official U.S. Navy photo 80-G-K-14162 from the U.S. Navy Naval History and Heritage Command)