Who was Ada Lovelace?

Today is the Ada Lovelace day and Google honored her by devoting its Google doodle to her life and work.

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron, was an English writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage‘s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognized as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine; as such she is often regarded as the world’s first computer programmer.

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Science in Seconds – Ada Lovelace

 

Ada Lovelace gets Google Doodle

On December 10th, 2012 Google honors Ada Lovelace with a Google Doodle. Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician. She was the first computer programmer. Her algorithm was about the calculation of Bernoulli numbers. Ada Lovelace died early at the age of 36 on 27 November 1852, from uterine cancer. The computer language “Ada” ist named after her. Since 1998, the British Computer Society has awarded a medal in her name.

 

 

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