Inspiration November 12, 2016
NAME: Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace
LIFETIME: December 10, 1815 – November 27, 1852
WHAT SHE IS KNOWN FOR: If you know anything about computer programming, then you know Lovelace’s name. After all, she is often considered the first computer programmer. Lovelace’s rise to technological fame began when she met Charles Babbage, a man working on what we now recognize as the modern computer. When Babbage asked her to translate an Italian written piece, Lovelace used Babbage’s computer, known then as an analytical engine to write the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine.
WHY WE LOVE HER: When was the last time you went a whole day without your computer? Computers are becoming increasingly important in our everyday lives, and Lovelace helped make that happen. Lovelace was not just the first female computer programmer, but also the first ever computer programmer. Although men typically dominate STEM fields, many women, including Lovelace, have shown that these industries weren’t meant for only men. Lovelace’s ingenuity makes her a great role model for young women wanting to go into science and technology fields.
FUN FACT: The computer language “Ada,” created on behalf of the United States Department of Defense, was named after Lovelace.
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