Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace was born on December 10 1815 and she passed away on November 27 1852. Ada Lovelace is considered to be the first ever computer programmer! She is also well-known as the daughter of Lord Byron, a famous poet. Ada’s parents separated when she was born and was brought up by her mother. From a young age, she was taught mathematics and science, which was unusual for a girl at that time. She was taught by William Frend, William King and Mary Somerville. As a young girl, she loved machines and the idea of flying. She studied birds and tested different materials and gathered her research to write a book called Flyology. 

Mary Somerville introduced Ada to Charles Babbage and they soon became close friends. Ada worked with Charles to build a machine which could make complicated calculations. Charles was also working on a more complex machine called an analytical engine. She then was asked to translate an article written about Babbage’s analytical engine from French into English, adding her own thoughts and ideas to create a document triple the length of the original. She wrote about how codes could be used to produce numbers and symbols and letters. She also came up with methods to allow an engine to repeat a series of instructions; this process is called looping and is a concept that is heavily used today in modern computers. 

Ada was lucky to have met many famous scientists in her life such as Michael Faraday and she even met the author Charles Dickens! In 1835, she married William King and had three children. Ada’s contributions to computer science were unfortunately not discovered until the 1950s, but her work is still appreciated today.

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