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Ada Lovelace

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Ada Lovelace

Biography

Education

At the time most women received a home education that was inferior to that of a man's. However, Ada's mother was able to provide her daughter with a better-quality education that included science and maths.

Career

Ada took an interest in mathematics and in particular Babbage's work on the analytical engine. Between 1842 and 1843 she translated an article by Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea on the engine, which she supplemented with a set of her own notes. Ada Lovelace wrote a scientific paper in 1843 that anticipated the development of computer software, artificial intelligence and computer music thinking/calculating machine. These notes contain what is considered the first computer program, that is an algorithm encoded for processing by a machine.

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