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Transcript of Ada Lovelace
Born in London, England on 10th December 1815
Born Augusta Ada Byron.
Daughter of a brief marriage between George Gordon Byron (Romantic poet and 6th Baron Byron) and Anne Isabella Milbanke (11th Baroness Wentworth).
She saw to it that Ada received tutoring in mathematics and music, as disciplines to counter dangerous poetic tendencies.
On 8 July 1835 she married William King, 8th Baron King, becoming Baroness King.
They lived in a large estate at Ockham Park, in Surrey, along with another estate on Loch Torridon, and a home in London.
They had three children: Byron (born 12 May 1836); Anne Isabella (later Lady Anne Blunt; born 22 September 1837), and Ralph Gordon (born 2 July 1839).
In 1838, Ada's husband became Earl of Lovelace.
Charles Babbage, professor of mathematics at Cambridge, was known as the inventor of the Difference Engine, an elaborate calculating machine.
Ada met Babbage in 1833, when she was just 17, and they began a voluminous correspondence on the topics of mathematics, logic, and ultimately all subjects.
Babbage had made plans in 1834 for a new kind of calculating machine (although the Difference Engine was not finished), an Analytical Engine. His Parliamentary sponsors refused to support a second machine with the first unfinished, but Babbage found sympathy for his new project abroad.
In 1842, an Italian mathematician, Louis Menebrea, published a memoir in French on the subject of the Analytical Engine. Babbage enlisted Ada as translator for the memoir, and during a nine-month period in 1842-43, she worked on the article and a set of Notes she appended to it. These are the source of her enduring fame.
Ada called herself "an Analyst (& Metaphysician)," and the combination was put to use in the Notes.
She understood the plans for the device as well as Babbage but was better at articulating its promise. She rightly saw it as what we would call a general-purpose computer
Her Notes anticipate future developments, including computer-generated music.
Ada Lovelace died at the age of 36 on 27 November 1852, from uterine cancer.
Ada, aged four
Ada, aged seventeen, 1832
Lady Byron wished her daughter to be unlike her poetical father.
Painting of Ada Lovelace at a piano in 1852 by Henry Phillips. While she was in great pain at the time, she sat for the painting as Phillips' father, Thomas Phillips, had painted Ada's father, Lord Byron.
One of the gentlemanly scientists of the era was to become Ada's lifelong friend.