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Today’s Memory – Ada Lovelace

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”If you can’t give me poetry, can’t you give me poetical science?”

Ada Lovelace
Portrait by British painter Margaret Sarah Carpenter, 1836

Ada Lovelace

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace; 10 December 1815, London – 27 November 1852, Marylebone, Londra


Ada Lovelace was mathematician and writer, the daughter of the poet Lord Byron and the mathematically inclined Anne Millbanke. One of her tutors was Augustus De Morgan, a famous mathematician and logician. Because Byron was involved in a notorious scandal at the time of her birth, Ada’s mother encouraged her mathematical and scientific interests, hoping to suppress any inclination to wildness she may have inherited from her father.

She became mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. Because of this, she is often described as the world’s first computer programmer.

Ada described her approach as „poetical science” and herself as an „Analyst (& Metaphysician)„.

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Ada Lovelace portrait by Alfred Edward Chalon (1840)

Portrait of Ada Lovelace by British painter Margaret Sarah Carpenter, 1836

Ada Lovelace, Mathematician and Programmer


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Ada Byron, aged seven, Portrait by Alfred D’orsay, 1822

Ada Lovelace

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace; 10 decembrie 1815, Londra – 27 noiembrie 1852, Marylebone, Londra


Ada Lovelace a fost o matematiciană engleză și o scriitoare cunoscută în principal pentru munca ei la calculatorul mecanic al lui Charles Babbage, motorul analitic. Consemnările ei privind motorul includ ceea ce este recunoscut ca fiind primul algoritm care urmează să fie procesat de către o mașină. Din acest motiv, ea este adesea considerată primul programator de calculator din lume

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