Day 9.5 – The Countess of Lovelace

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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3 thoughts on “Day 9.5 – The Countess of Lovelace”

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

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