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Day 9.5 – The Countess of Lovelace

February 8th, 2014 Leave a comment Go to comments

9pt5adaWhat a romantic name! Unfortunately, her life was less so. This is Ada Lovelace, AKA Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, Lord Byron’s only legitimate child. She never knew her father, wasn’t even allowed to see his likeness until she was 21, he died when she was 8 years old. She was famous in her own way. Even though she died of uterine cancer (and bloodletting) when she was only 36 years old, she managed to write what is known as the first computer program! After helping translate one of Charles Babbage’s lectures into English she worked with him and wrote some extensive notes, which were then published. Babbage was impressed by Lovelace’s intellect and analytic skills and called her The Enchantress of Numbers.

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  1. IntenseGuy
    February 9th, 2014 at 06:11 | #1

    Beautiful work – you capture something of the pathos. She was a remarkable women – it is a shame she died so young.

  2. February 8th, 2014 at 20:06 | #2

    I agree; excellent ‘capture’, Mimi! The history is fascinating too. Thanks!

  3. February 8th, 2014 at 19:38 | #3

    Love the pencil and way you have captured the quiet person, sort of intimate unguarded moment… Also learn something new about someone, always love that!

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