Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Augusta Ada Byron Lovelace (1815-1852)

Lovelace's interest in mathematics dominated her life for that reason mother taught Lovelace mathematics at an early age. Lovelace was privately home schooled in mathematics and science. Lovelace was arguably the world’s first computer programmer; the programming language “Ada” was named in her honor.

In 1834 she became interested in the plans for Charles Babbage’s proposed calculating machines. Her 1843 article on Babbage’s “analytical engine” included detailed instructions on how such a machine might be programmed, as well as how to calculate Bernoulli numbers.

Over one hundred years after her death Lovelace's notes on Babbage's Analytical Engine were republished after being forgotten as is now recognized as an early model for a computer and as a description of a computer and software.

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