Ada, Countess of Lovelace

"The Analytical Engine weaves algebraic patterns just as the Jacquard-loom weaves flowers and leaves."

3) Ada, Countess of Lovelace

Computer Programmer Who Lived Nearly 100 Years Before Computers Were Actually Invented

Born: 10 December 1815, London, United Kingdom

Died: 27 November 1852, London, United Kingdom

Computer programmer and daughter of famed poet Lord Byron (Ada was his only legitimate child but her mother left her father weeks after Ada was born--Byron moved to Greece and died when Ada was eight with her never having seen him again).

Ada's mother insisted she was taught math and science by her tutors. Ada is known as one of the first computer programmers after she wrote extensive notes on the difference machine—which is considered one of the earliest computers—in the 1880’s.

Ada was married with three children and she passed away from uterine cancer after being put in dire financial straits from a gambling addiction.

Badges Earned:

Find a Grave Marked

Rejected Princess

Located In My Personal Library:
Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Uppity Women Speak Their Minds by Vicki León

Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

Who Knew? Women in History: Questions That Will Make You Think Again by Sarah Herman

The Book of Awesome Women: Boundary Breakers, Freedom Fighters, Sheroes, and Female Firsts by Becca Anderson

National Geographic History Magazine Article "Ada Lovelace, Programming Pioneer" by Katie Thornton (March/April 2022 Edition)