#WomenInSTEMWednesday: Ada Lovelace

Last week’s #WomenInSTEMWednesday took us into space, this week we’ll come back down to Earth and head back in time to Ada Lovelace.

Ada Lovelace had a gift for mathematics and is considered to be one of the first computer programmers. She was taught math and science beginning at a young age and continued to learn some of the STEM fields as she grew up.

She became friends with Charles Babbage who was known as the father of the computer. He invented a “difference engine” meant to perform calculations and an “analytical engine” which was for more complex calculations.

Lovelace was fascinated! She was asked to translate an article on Babbage’s analytical engine and ended up adding her own thoughts making the article three times longer!

Her notes included how codes could be created to handle letters and symbols and the idea of the machine would be able to repeat a set of instructions (what we now know as looping).

Most of her work wasn’t discovered in depth until the 1900s. Since then, Ada Lovelace, the Countess of Lovelace has been given many honors posthumously and a computer language named after her. #WomenInSTEM

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