Ada Byron Lovelace

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Ada Byron Lovelace

Augusta Ada Byron was born near London, England on Dec. 10th to George and Anne Byron. Her father was also known as the famous poet Lord Byron. Anne seperated from Ada's father only 5 weeks after her birth and was granted sole custody of Ada.

Ada's friend Charles Babbage, proposed machine, the Analytical Engine (1st computer model). Ada translated a memoir on it, which turned out to be 3 times the length of the original. This work credited her to being the first computer programmer.

Ada Byron LovelaceEnglish Mathematician


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Ada was sick often throughout her life. She died of cancer on November 27th. She lived for only 36 years, the same amount of time as her father, who died when she was 8. At her request, she was buried next to her father.

Ada's husband became Earl of Lovelace, which changed her name to Ada (Countess of) Lovelace. In 1840, Ada began math studies at the University of London with the help of Babbage.

Married William King on July 8th. They had 3 children: Byron, Anne, and Ralph. In 1833 she met Charles Babbage who would become a life-long friend. They were over 20 years apart in age but their minds were on the same intellectual level.

Ada did not have a relationship with her father after he left England for good shortly after her birth. Ada's mother presented herself as loving to society when in reality her and Ada were not close at all.

Ada was educated by private schooling and personal tutors. Her mother pushed for mathematics and discouraged her from pursuing poetry like her father. By the age of 17, her math abilities emerged.

Ada's work was republished in 1953 and In 1980, the U.S. Department of Defense used the name "Ada" for a new standardized computer language, named in honor of her.

Babbage called Ada "The Enchantress of Numbers."

Ada Lovelace Day is celebrated every year in October.


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