Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Ada Lovelace Day

Happy Ada Lovelace Day, which celebrates the achievements of women in technology and science. Who was Ada Lovelace?

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was born on 10th December 1815, the only child of Lord Byron and his wife, Annabella. Born Augusta Ada Byron, but now known simply as Ada Lovelace, she wrote the world’s first computer programmes for the Analytical Engine, a general-purpose machine that Charles Babbage had invented.
The image above is courtesy of Media Molecule.

William Gibson's excellent novel about Lovelace is $8 at Amazon.