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Sun Feb 12, 2017, 12:33 AM

Yale renames residential Calhoun College for Grace Hopper

It's been under consideration for a while and finally!


Calhoun College will be renamed in honor of Grace Murray Hopper GRD ’34, a United States Navy rear admiral who made pivotal advances in computer science, University President Peter Salovey announced Saturday.

The announcement, 86 years after the college was named in honor of slavery advocate and class of 1804 graduate John C. Calhoun, reverses Yale’s controversial decision last April to retain the Calhoun name despite months of campus protests. It also marks the culmination of decades of debate over the naming of Calhoun and the first time in Yale’s 316-year history that the University has renamed a building based on the legacy of its namesake.


Hopper, who is credited with inventing the first compiler for a computer programming language and posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016, will become the second woman to be honored as a residential college namesake. Salovey said he and the Corporation did not choose from an official shortlist of names.


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