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Naval Academy to name cyber building after Grace Hopper

Posted at 5:45 PM, Sep 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-08 17:49:51-04

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

The cyber facility will be the first building named after a woman at the three main service academies.

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.

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