Born with Curiosity

The Story of Grace Murray Hopper

Born With Curiosity (2016) captures the excitment and wonder of computing's infancy and impact through the personal and professional story of US Navy Admiral and computer pioneer Grace Murray Hopper, as told by her friends, family, and colleagues.

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Why A Film about Grace?

"Steve Jobs and Bill Gates had over 12 films made about them, but their legacies are built on Grace's. Who knows, without Grace Hopper, they might have been door to door calculator salesmen! Even with that fact,there isn't one documentary about Grace and her legacy. It's time to change that." - Melissa Pierce, Director, Born with Curiosity

Most of history has been written by and about men. Our aim is to bring to life the untold and lost stories of women. We believe shining a light on and humanizing role models like Grace makes them relatable in a way that inspires others to greatness. By taking a real look at the complexities of Grace’s rise to fame, we hope to dispel the myth of the anomalous hero and create the opportunity for women and girls to see themselves in Grace.

Facts and Fiction

Computer Bugs

Though Grace is often credited with coining the term "computer bug" the phrase "bug in the machine" was already in use. Grace told the story of finding a moth that caused a malfuction in the Mark II computer so many times, computer bugs and Grace Hopper have become forever linked!


Grace is often credited with developing the programming language COBOL. However, this is incorrect. Grace wrote a program called FLOW-MATIC, which the team who built COBOL based thier project on. She is referred to as the "Grandmother of COBOL" as opposed to "The Mother of COBOL" for this reason.

Born Programmer

Often people assume that Grace M. Hopper must have loved computers to decide to work with them. The truth is she didn't know what they were when the Navy assigned her to work on the Harvard Mark I. Grace learned to program when she was 37 years old!

Grace's Naval Service

During WWII, Grace tried to join the Navy 3 times, but was turned away once because her job as a Mathematics professor was too important to national security, and again because she was too old and underweight. Grace didn't let any of that stop her. The third attempt worked like a charm, and the rest is history!

Born with Curiosity has been underwritten by the following organizations