Great news!! Here at Vodafone we are renaming some of our buildings on the Vodafone HQ campus in Newbury to honour two wonderful tech pioneers: Grace Hopper (COBOL pioneer) and Joan Clarke ( code breaker at Bletchley Park)
Here’s a snippet of the Vodafone Newsletter:
Update on renaming our Newbury buildings
Thank you for voting for which pioneering women to name some of our Newbury buildings after. You voted for World War II code-breaker Joan Clarke and US Navy inventor Grace Hopper so Kilby House will become Hopper House and Edison House will become Clarke House from early June. Recognising these two pioneering women underlines Vodafone’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion and gender equality and we’ll be celebrating how they’ve changed the way we look at the world through their work in science and technology.
If you’re in Newbury, from June you’ll see the stories of all our inspirational pioneers displayed in our buildings – here’s why you chose Joan Clarke and Grace Hopper.
“I know it’s not ordinary. But whoever loved ordinary?”
Joan Clarke was an English cryptanalyst best known for her work as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park during World War II. She played an important role in the Enigma project against Nazi Germany’s secret communications, which earned her awards and citations such as being appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1947. She spent much of her later career at GCHQ and was also recognised for her work studying coins and currency.
“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
‘Amazing Grace’ Hopper helped to develop an early computer, and invented the compiler making higher level computer language possible. She found a way to programme computers using words rather than numbers and helped to define the design of the COBOL programming language. First a member of WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service in World War II) and the US Naval Reserve, Grace Hopper retired from the US Navy several times before returning and gaining the rank of Rear Admiral.
Contributed by Rubi Kaur of the Vodafone Group.