Happy 197th birthday, Ada Lovelace!
Ada Lovelace is honored today by Google for her contribution to computer science. She is variously described as the “first computer programmer” and the inventor of the algorithm.
But Ada Lovelace might have become an historical footnote – the only legitimate daughter of Romantic poet Lord Byron – were it not for her relationship with Charles Babbage, the “father of the computer.”
Their work together illustrates the adage: “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Yes, Babbage conceived of the “Difference Engine
” and the “Analytical Engine
.” But it was Ada that was able to see the wider applications, the potential beyond its use as a sophisticated calculator.
I had no idea.
Pretty impressive for a woman in the 1800s!