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Ada Lovelace

A brief biography on Ada Lovelace and her contributions to the computing world

Maple Xiang

on 12 April 2013

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Quotes by Ada Lovelace Visions for the Computer Bibliography Major Contributions to Computing Ada Lovelace 1815 1850 1840 (1815 - 1852)
Birth name: Augusta Ada Byron
Was a mathematician and writer.
Commonly acknowledged as the founder of scientific computing, the first computer programmer, and the prophet of the computer age. Born on December 10, 1815 to mathematician and musician Anne Isabella Milbanke and poet Lord Byron in London, England.
Only weeks after her birth, her mother divorced with her father and got sole custody of Ada. She was forced to study mathematics as Lady Byron feared she would take the path of a poet. Biography/Timeline About the medal | Lovelace Medal | Awards and Competitions | Products, Services and Events | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT. (n.d.). BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT. Retrieved September 17, 2012, from http://www.bcs.org/category/7505

Ada Byron Lovelace . (n.d.). Sonoma State University. Retrieved September 18, 2012, from http://www.sonoma.edu/math/faculty/falbo/adabyron.html

Ada Lovelace: Founder of Scientific Computing. (n.d.). San Diego Supercomputer Center. Retrieved September 18, 2012, from http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/lovelace.

Ada Lovelace - The Babbage Engine | Computer History Museum. (n.d.). Computer History Museum. Retrieved September 17, 2012, from http://www.computerhistory.org/babbage/adalovelace

Historical Facts about Women in Computing: Ada Lovelace. (n.d.). CSSU | Computer Science Student Union. Retrieved September 17, 2012, from http://cssu-bg.org/WomenInCS/ada_lovelace.php

genre:. (n.d.). BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Lovelace . BBC - Homepage. Retrieved September 17, 2012, from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0092j0x

Science in Seconds | Raves. (n.d.). Science in Seconds | Know Everything. Retrieved September 20, 2012, from http://www.scienceinseconds.com/Raves/Ada-Lovelace

Weeda, R. (2004, May 10). History of Informatics: Ada Lovelace. Radboud University Nijmegen. Retrieved September 18, 2012, from www.cs.ru.nl/~hans/Geschiedenis/Papers/Renske.pdf Ada Lovelace Additional Information A programming language, which is used by a network of computers hidden deep within the Pentagon to control the U.S. military, is named after her: Ada.
The British Computer Society established the Lovelace Medal in 1998, which was also named after her.
There is an annual event called 'Ada Lovelace Day' which encourages and promotes women working in science, technology, engineering and maths, which once again proves her to be a significant figure as she is a counterexample to the stereotype that all women are inferior to men in these fields. "I never am really satisfied that I understand anything; because, understand it well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand about the many connections and relations which occur to me, how the matter in question was first thought of or arrived at, etc., etc." "In almost every computation a great variety of arrangements for the succession of the processes is possible, and various considerations must influence the selections amongst them for the purposes of a calculating engine. One essential object is to choose that arrangement which shall tend to reduce to a minimum the time necessary for completing the calculation." "The Analytical Engine weaves algebraic patterns, just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves." Understood how the Difference Engine and Analytical Engine worked, perhaps even better than Babbage (the creator) himself; thus, created a nine year long collaboration between the two in the invention and development of the Analytical Engine.
Translated a memoir on the Analytical Engine from French to English, adding extensive notes of her own which served to be more useful than the original.
Wrote programs for the Analytical Engine (although the Engine was never completed). One of them involving Bernoulli numbers is now considered as the first "computer program".
Composed set of instructions and other information that still exists today in components in modern digital electronic computers.
May have been the first person to truly understand the concept of a computer, and provided visionary thoughts. 1830 In 1833 she met Charles Babbage, a mathematician and inventor, at a party. As he demonstrated a small section of his Difference Engine, she was immediately intrigued. Soon enough, they became work partners in a nine year long collaboration. Died of cancer on November 27, 1852 in London, England. In 1843, she translated Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea's memoir on the subject of the Analytical Engine from French to English. During this process, she added extensive notes of her own, tripling the length of the original work. In 1835, she married William King. They had three children together.
She discontinued her mathematical studies for marriage and motherhood, only continuing once her duties allowed. Had thoughts that were visionary. Reflected today's modern computers. "She speculated that the Engine 'might act upon other things besides number... the Engine might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent'. The idea of a machine that could manipulate symbols in accordance with rules and that number could represent entities other than quantity mark the fundamental transition from calculation to computation. Ada was the first to explicitly articulate this notion and in this she appears to have seen further than Babbage" (Computer History Museum, 2008). In 1828, she produced the design for a flying machine, proving the complexity of her inheritance and devotedness to mathematics. Being that her family was one of high status, she had access to adequate education and theater, concerts, and aristocratic parties. Traits Innovative Inspired Intelligent Ideal Characteristics of a "Computer Person" Difference Engine Analytical Engine Luigi Menabrea's memoir "F First "computer program" Composed set of instructions Had visionary thoughts
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