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Ada Lovelace was a mathematician and writer known for her work on the Analytical Engine that was designed by Charles Babbage. She first recognized that such an engine could have applications beyond numerical computations. A century later, her work was used on the first modern computer in the 1940s. She has been called the World’s First Computer Programmer.
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Key Facts & Information
- Augusta Ada Byron was born on December 10, 1815, in London, United Kingdom.
- Her father was famed poet Lord George Gordon Byron. She was his only legitimate child.
- She was named after Lord Byron’s sister, Augusta Byron. Although, Lord Byron himself called her Ada.
- Her mother, Annabella Milbanke Byron, left Lord Byron a few weeks after Ada was born. She never saw her father after that.
- She was raised by her mother. Although the law gave custody to the father in the case of separation, her father did not attempt to take her.
LOVELACE AND BABBAGE
- Ada was introduced to Charles Babbage by her tutor, Mary Somerville, in 1833, when Ada was seventeen years old.
- Ada began studying advanced mathematics with University of London professor Augustus de Morgan because of Babbage.
- He also served as a mentor to Ada.
- Charles Babbage, known, as the father of the computer, had invented a Difference Engine that could perform mathematical calculations.
- Ada was fascinated with Babbage’s work. She later translated an article written by an Italian mathematician, Luigi Menabrea, about Babbage’s analytical engine.
- She not only translated it, but she also added her personal input. It became much larger than the original article.
- She explained the difference between the difference engine and the analytical engine and how the latter was more complicated.
- Her infamous Note G was included in this translation, where she appended a method for calculating a sequence of Bernoulli numbers using the analytical engine.
- This work made her well regarded in the scientific community at the time.
- This is also the reason why she was considered the first computer programmer.
- The analytical engine was never made, but her work became significant a century later.
CONTRIBUTIONS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
- Ada Lovelace was the first to introduce an algorithm recognizing that computers could do much more than just calculations.
- She envisioned that images or music could be translated into digital form and manipulated by machines.
- Her work would not be recognized until the 1950s, when B.V. Bowden reintroduced her notes.
- He published them in Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines in 1953.
- Since then, Ada has received significant posthumous recognition.
- She was considered to be the first computer programmer, and she became a prominent face of women in STEM.
- She was also honored by the U.S. Department of Defense and a newly developed computer language was named”Ada” after her.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT ADA LOVELACE
- Her mother was quite strict with her. She would ask her to sit still for hours to make her to learn self-control.
- Charles Dickens was her friend. He visited and read to her when she was bedridden due to uterine cancer.
- Ada was a compulsive gambler. This forced her to secretly pawn the Lovelace family’s diamonds, and it contributed to her dwindling finances. She even devised a mathematical computation that was designed to win horse races.
- She died on November 27, 1852. She was buried next to her father, whom she never officially met.
- She and her father both died at the age of thirty-six.
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- Ada’s Word of Wisdom
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