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.
📐 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.