While most historical accounts attribute the major inventions and discoveries to males, Ada Lovelace is significant for her contribution to computer programming. Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was a great English mathematician who is known for her work on making of a computer program. She was the one who found more into what we today call as modern computing. Every second Tuesday of the month of October is celebrated as Ada Lovelace Day in the UK. This year Ada Lovelace Day falls on October 9, 2018.
Ada Lovelace Day was founded in the year 2009 by technologist Suw Charman-Anderson. The day was made to celebrate the achievements of women in the fields of science, physics, technology, engineering, mathematics etc that saw a male-domination. Ada was the one who proposed that machines can be used beyond calculations and also published the first algorithm.
On Ada Lovelace Day 2018 let us answer some commonly asked questions about the great mathematician.
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Who is Ada Lovelace?
Ada Lovelace was a great English mathematician. She was the daughter of Lord Byron, Augusta Ada Byron, a very famous poet.
What did Ada Lovelace invent?
Ada Lovelace showed a deep interest in Mathematics from an early age. Her most notable work is the translation of an invention by Charles Babbage, the Analytical Engine. She added her own inputs and devised the first ever algorithm for a machine. She is regarded as the first computer programmer.
When was Ada Lovelace born?
Ada Lovelace was born in London on December 10, 1815. She was the legitimate child of poet Lord Byron and his wife Anne Isabella Milbanke.
What was Ada Lovelace famous for?
Ada worked under Charles Babbage, an inventor who is famously known as the father of the computer. Ada learnt a lot under him and was asked to translate Babbage's analytical engine which was written in French. Ada did not just translate it but when she added her own notes in English, it became longer than the original. In this, she added codes using numbers and symbols along with a method working for today's computers. The process is used even today.
Thus Ada Lovelace is known as the first ever computer programmer. She is immensely respected for her work because he entered a field where many women would not dare to try. Her contribution was way ahead of its time and very relevant for developing machines.