Ada Lovelace

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Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

💻 She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and to have published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is often regarded as the first computer programmer

She was a visionary who predicted that computers could do more than just crunch numbers.

📐 From the age of 4, Lovelace was tutored in mathematics 📏 and science, an unusual course of study for a woman in 19th-century England. 

✈️  At the age of 12, Lovelace conceptualized a flying machine.
After studying the anatomy of birds and the suitability of various materials, the young girl illustrated plans to construct a winged flying apparatus before moving on to think about powered flight.

📚 Charles Dickens read a passage from one of his novels to Lovelace on her deathbed.

💯 Her contributions to computing weren’t recognized until a century after her death. Lovelace’s ideas about computing were so far ahead of their time that it took nearly a century for technology to catch up.

 

 

A computer programming language is named in Lovelace’s honor. Ada is still used around the world today in the operation of real-time systems in the aviation, health care, transportation, financial, infrastructure and space industries.


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