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Ada Byron Lovelace
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Ada Byron Lovelace
The first computer programer
She was born in England on
December 10, 1815.
George Gordon Byron, her father, was a famous poet.
Annabelle Milbank was her mother.
The marriage only lasted a year then George left not only his family but his country too. Annabelle raised Ada alone.
When Ada grew older she was very interested in math. Ada needed better curriculum than her age group was learning, so she received extra help from governess, tutors and later independent studies.
Ada began geome
try before the age of 13. She was
discovered to be genius at the age
of 5 when Ada successfully
added sums of five or six rows of figures.
Ada was determined
to be genius
She felt that her father had genius that was misused and it was passed down to her as well. Ada would not misuse that genius she wanted to use it to bring out truths and principles.
Ada Byron Lovelace
Mathematics was Ada’s passion; luckily she was able to meet Charles Babbage.
Charles was a scientist and inventor he invented the speedometer, skeleton key, locomotive, and the ophthalmoscope, which eye doctors use to see the retina of the eye.
He found many errors in the mathematical table used to solve polynomial equations. He wanted to build a machine that could solve polynomial equations better and easier. He made a machine that could calculate as well as automatically print the entries in tables.
Ada understood how the machine worked when she visited Charles’s office one day.
Charles’s machine constructed tabled using repeated additions, not subtractions. The word engine comes from Latin. Engine used to mean any clever invention. Now it means “A machine that converts heat energy into mechanical work.”
The British government funded the project and Charles was able to start building a full scale working model. Unfortunate
ran into difficulties and had to stop after the British government took back it financial support. He still didn’t give up on his idea.
This whole thing turned out for the better because Charles made a new idea called the “analytical engine.” This machine still solved polynomial equations just using a different method. The method used a punch card controlled machine that would preform many kinds of calculations.
He didn’t get funding for the analytical engine so he wasn’t able to build a full scale-working model. The analytical engine’s design did feature many characteristics of modern computers:
1. An input device
2. A storage facility that saved data
3. A processor that carried out arithmetic calculations
4. A control unit that directed the machine to carry out instructions
5. An output device
Ada used the mathematical talent from her mother and the writing talent from her father, to redo the analytical engine with help from Charles Babbage.
In her mid- twenties, Ada married William King. He enjoyed that Ada was so passionate and encouraged her.
The task she needed to accomplish was translating a paper, called Menebrea project, from French to English to help English readers understand the analytical engine. This was more difficult than she thought it would be.
Ada’s English version of the writing was much more specific and much better than the original.
Ada signed the paper A.A.L. because women at the time didn’t write papers as wonderful as that, so only family and close friends knew it meant Lady Lovelace.
The next project Ada did with Charles involved testing mathematical theories of probability. This project ended up failing especially for the Lovelace’s. Ada didn’t give up and just wasted more and more money. Ada’s health was also getting bad.
Annabelle, Ada’s mother, stepped in and prohibited Charles Babbage from seeing Ada again.
Ada’s Illness was later diagnosed as cancer. On November 27, 1852 Lady Lovelace died at the age of 36. Ada was buried next to her father.
She was credited as the first computer programmer. The new programming language in honour of her is called Ada.