The Fabulous Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace (Picture sourced from Wikipedia)

Ada Lovelace (Picture sourced from Wikipedia)

March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate that I want to take this month as an opportunity to highlight some women who have come before in the STEM fields (which frankly, I consider blogging to loosely be one;). And to kick it off, lets go to the beginning. The beginning of computer science.

Ada Lovelace is considered the first computer programmer. Not the first female computer programmer but the first period! She was the product of Lord Byron’s defunct marriage to Annabella Milbanke (Baroness Byron). As often happens as a result of bad divorces, Ada’s mother didn’t want Ada to follow in her father’s footsteps. So in order to prevent the poetic spirit from finding purchase in Ada, her mother brought in a lot of tutors in math and logic to develop that side of Ada before the age of 8.

And that side did develop! I have seen Ada Lovelace referred to herself as a poetic mathematician.

He friendship with Charles Babbage is where our Computer Scientist found something to computer science;). She wrote about how Babbage’s Analytical Engine went beyond a calculation machine and could actually be programmed. She was Babbage’s advocate and was basically his evangelist.

Ada was married to William King which actually made her Countess of Lovelace. She died of uterine cancer at 36 years old.

I find admirable for so many reasons. First off, she proves that extensive exposure to math and logic as a child has a strong effect!!! She had male friends in a time when society wasn’t quite ok with that;). I also admire her husband that he was willing to take on the critical eye of society to be married to a fabulous woman like that. I also really admire Ada Lovelace because  helped create computer science!!!!

I find it interesting that Babbage isn’t considered the first Computer Scientist since he created the machine. I think it took Ada Lovelace’s poetic communication skills to really clarify the thinking and make it something other could understand, thus creating a field that has changed every aspect of our lives.

 

 

Comments

  1. You learn something new every day! I had no idea!! Great info and I love that a woman was the first computer programmer 🙂

  2. Very interesting. Everyone knows the name Babbage, but not too many think of Lovelace when thinking of computers.

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