Countess of Lovelace 1815 – 1852

Augusta Ada King, also known as Ada Lovelace, was born in 1815 in London, England. She was the daughter of the poet Lord Byron, who called her Ada. Her mother pushed her hard in mathematics and science, hoping to avoid the flightiness of Lord Byron. In her short life, she made quite a splash, both socially and scientifically. She knew Charles Dickens and Michael Faraday. She was a good friend of Charles Babbage, who is credited with designing the first programmable computer. Ada is credited with writing detailed instructions on how to use this machine to do some specific calculations, thus inventing computer software and becoming the world’s first computer programmer. All this over half a century before the invention of the vacuum tube.

Babbage referred to Ada as “The Enchantress of Numbers”.

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