Admiral Grace Hopper was a computer pioneer. She wrote the first linker and one of the first compilers; was a proponent of human-readable computer languages, machine-independence of languages, and standardization; and was called "grandma COBOL". She found the first physical computer bug and worked for Univac. After retirement, she was a popular speaker on the history of computing.
During World War II, Hopper enlisted as a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Naval Reserves. She was assigned to the programming staff of the Bureau of Ships Computation Project at Harvard University, working on the Mark I computer. What was the function of the Navy computer programs that Hopper worked on during World War II? (Ballistic trajectory? Fluid dynamics? Decryption? Inventory management? Payroll?)