Augusta Ada Byron
Countess of Lovelace
last updated December 1st,
and is permanently morphing...
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considered the first "programmer".
father - Lord Byron
Ada married William, eighth
lord king, in 1835. She became known
as the Countess of Lovelace and therefore Lady Lovelace
in 1838 after her husbands promotion to an Earldom.
assisted noted mathematician Charles
Babbage in attempting to realize his Analytical Engine.
friends - Charles Dickens,
David Brewster (inventor of the kaleidoscope)
Charles Babbage and Ada, Countess of Lovelace,
lived in the London of Dickens and Prince Albert (and knew them both).
A hundred years before some of the best minds in the world used the
resources of a nation to build a digital
computer, these two eccentric inventor-mathematicians dreamed
of building their "Analytical Engine." He constructed a partial prototype
and she used it, with notorious lack of success, in a scheme to win a fortune
at the horse races. Despite their apparent failures, Babbage was
the first true computer designer, and Ada was history's first programmer.
- _Tools For Thought_ by Howard Rheingold
"You know I am a damned
ODD animal! And as my mother often says, she never has quite yet
made up her mind if it is the deil or angel that watches peculiarly over
me; only that is IS one or the other, without doubt! (And for my
part, I am quite indifferent which.)"
- Ada Lovelace, December