The first computer bug

Grace Hopper was a giant of the early days of computing. She invented the compiler, had the outlandish idea that computers could be used for business, and this led to the creation of COBOL, the first programming language for business purposes. She also discovered the first computer bug…

From CounterSpy News

Another of her claims to fame was the discover of the first computer “bug”, and this was literally true when she came upon a moth trapped within the relay points of the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator while it was being tested at Harvard University, 9 September 1945. Her team successfully “debugged” the computer and a new term was born.

And here, preserved for posterity, is the very first computer bug.

One Response to The first computer bug

  1. Jonathan Lundell Thu, Jun 29, 2006 at 8:48 am #

    The term predates Hopper:

    (And moths are, properly speaking, not bugs.)