“That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal; as time will show.” ~Ada Lovelace
You are most likely reading this on a piece of technology whose foundations were built on Ada’s work.
Born in the mid 1800’s Ada’s mother was concerned about her becoming ill tempered. One of the method’s that her mother used was to push her to study. She encouraged Ada in mathematics and science at a time when it was unfashionable for a woman to study such things.
When Ada went to university and befriended a Mr. Charles Babbage, a fellow mathematician. Babbage had Ada translate a paper he wrote on a machine meant for calculations she added notes theorizing that the machine could be made to use letters for communication and looping (modern technical term for repeating instructions). Ada’s work was not recognized until the 1950’s. After which she was posthumously given a number of rewards.
Intrigued by Ada? Here are some books to help quench your curiosity.
- Ada’s Algorithm: How Lord Bryon’s Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age
- Ada Lovelace: Computer Wizard of Victorian England (History Files)