## Ada Lovelace

Ada was the daughter of the poet George Gordon, Lord Byron and his mathematics-loving wife Annabella Milbanke. Her mother raised her under a strict regimen of science, logic and mathematics, to hopefully prevent Ada from inheriting her father’s volatile poetic temperament.

As a child, Ada was fascinated by machines, and poured over the scientific magazines of the time. She married an aristocrat, Earl of Lovelace, which gave her the means to pursue her passion for the sciences.

** Lived: **1815 - 1852 (England)

**Why She Matters**

Ada was the first computer programmer, creating the first algorithm meant for implementation on a computer.

HerStory:

Posed questions about how people and societies relate to technology as a collaborative tool

Questioned mathematical assumptions by merging poetry and science

Believed that intuition and imagination were essential to the effective application of mathematical and scientific concepts

Attempted to create a mathematical model for successful large bets

Found a problem in one of Babbage’s equations for the Analytical Engine, making her, arguably, the first debugger as well

Predicted the potential of computers to perform tasks more complex than simple math problems

Wanted to create a mathematical model for “a calculus of the nervous system” - how the brain gives rise to thoughts and nerves to feelings

## Leaving a Legacy

Ada Lovelace Day is celebrated in mid-October, to raise the profile of women in STEM

US Department of Defense created a programming language named after her

The Ada Initiative was created as a non-profit meant to increase the involvement of women in open source development

Adafruit Industries is an open-source hardware company named in her honour