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Today it’s Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day
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Today it’s Ada Lovelace Day, when we celebrate the achievements of women in STEM: science, technology, engineering and maths. 

Who was Ada Lovelace?

By Sydney Padua, author of The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage.

Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer. Close friends with inventor Charles Babbage, Lovelace was intrigued by his Analytical Engine and in 1842, she translated a description of it by italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea. Babbage asked her to expand the article, “as she understood [it] so well”, and this was when she wrote several early ‘computer programs’. Ada Lovelace died of cancer at 36, her potential tragically unfulfilled.



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