Who inspired the phrase “has a bug in it” when referencing a malfunction?
– Charles Babbage
– Howard Aiken
– Grace Hopper
– John P. Eckert
When a computer malfunctioned at Harvard in 1945, Grace Hopper was there to investigate. Inspection of the computer’s inner workings revealed a moth in one of the circuits. Grace removed the intruder and the computer’s malfunction corrected. This was the genesis of the phrase, “��_a bug in it” whenever something goes awry with a computer. Grace would go on to develop the IBM automatic sequence-controlled calculator and helped to develop computing rocket trajectories and calibrating minesweepers. Source: HappenedFacts.com
Whether or not Hopper coined the term “computer bug” is a source of some controversy. The Navy promotes the idea that it was Hopper that squashed the first computer bug; there is an actual photo of the offending insect on Hopper’s US Navy webpage: … Somehow, “computer moth” just doesn’t have the same resonance.