Today, Tuesday 14th October, is Ada Lovelace Day. But who was Ada Lovelace? Well, in a sector so deeply dominated by males, it is important to remember that many of the earliest advances in computing and technology were actually achieved by females – and Ada Lovelace was once of the first.
Born in 1815, Lovelace studied maths and logic out of personal interest, befriended and worked with mathematician Charles Babbage and her ideas for how Babbage’s Analytical Engine might work provide foundational theory for modern computer science. And this is exactly why Ada Lovelace Day was founded – to celebrate the achievements and provide encouragement for all women engaged in STEM – Science, Technology and Maths subjects.
But of course, even though Ada Lovelace was arguably one of the first, and certainly the first female computer programmers, many women have followed in her footsteps as ground-breakers in the area.
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