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Ed Pearce‘s Today’s Memory

Ed Pearce‘s Today’s Memory

Ed Pearce‘s Today’s Memory


Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke wedding

Originally shared by Ed Pearce

The English romantic poet Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke on January 2, 1815.

Byron’s affair with his voluptuous half sister Augusta Leigh, whom he got to know only when they were both adults, horrified the nation and the resulting criticism was motivation for the poet to modify his reputation and marry the amiable, religious, serious, literal minded mathematician Annabella Milbanke.

Byron married Annabella on January 2, 1815 in the drawing room of her father’s home at Seaham Hall, Durham. Byron wrote „I got a wife and a cold on the same day, but have got rid of the last pretty speedily. I have got great hopes this match will turn out well.”

The marriage ended after a year, Annabella leaving him after the birth of their daughter, probably because of suspicions of his sexual relationship with his half-sister, Augusta, to whom he was deeply attached.

Byron’s 1816 poem The Dream described the disaster of his marriage to Annabella Milbanke.

Byron never met their daughter Ada Augusta (1815-51). Her mother left him when Ada was a month old.

In 1833, Ada met Charles Babbage, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge and inventor of the Difference Engine, a calculating machine. During a nine-month period in 1842-1843, she translated for him Italian mathematician Louis Menebrea’s memoir on Babbage’s newest proposed machine, the Analytical Engine. With the article, she appended a set of notes which specified in complete detail a method for calculating Bernoulli numbers with the Engine, recognized by historians as the world’s first computer program.

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