Day 12: Augusta Ada King, Lady Lovelace
Mathematician, writer, computer programmer
Ada Lovelace was encouraged to study logic and mathematics from a young age by her mother– possibly to stop her from going down the path of her notorious father, the poet Lord Byron. She described what she did as “poetical science” and called herself an “Analyst and Metaphysician.” Through her impressive educational and social exploits, she befriended the top scientists and writers of her age. This included a mathematician named Charles Babbage, father of what was then known as an Analytical Engine. We now call it a computer. Lovelace developed a tremendous interest in this project and produced a set of notes (called “Notes”) which many consider the first computer program.