You may have recently watched the Imitation Game and learned about Alan Turing’s efforts to defeat the Nazis with his ingenious computer work. But do you know who is credited with creating the first computer program? Would you have guessed an English Countess?
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, born 1815 and died 1852 in England, is credited with creating the first computer program.
She was baptized December 20, 1815 as Augusta Ada Byron, daughter of Lord George Gordon Byron and Anne Isabella (née Milbanke) Byron.
She married William Lord King, who subsequently became the Earl of Lovelace making Ada the Countess of Lovelace.
But Ada wasn’t content with just being a Countess and a mother of 3. Ada was well educated and continued her education and research after her marriage. She worked with Charles Babbage on his “analytical engine.” This eventually led to her translating notes of young engineer and future Italian Prime Minister Luigi Menabrea into English. Her notes were incredibly extensive and part of those notes included an algorithm for computing Bernoulli Numbers on Babbage’s Analytical Engine, making it the original computer program.
She suffered from illness throughout much of her adult life and died at the age of 36 in 1852.
But she left a legacy as being the first person to write a computer program, and she did it as working mom!
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