Ada Lovelace was a British mathematician, writer, and computer scientist. She is mostly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s mechanical computer. She improved the designs of the Analytical Engine, also known as the simpler mechanical computer, which was made by Charles Babbage. As she grows up, she excelled in math. She became an important programming developer for the work of Charles Babbage, inventor of the different kinds of Engine. She became the World’s first Computer Programmer.
Ada Lovelace was born in London, England, United Kingdom on December 10, 1815. Her name was Augusta Ada Byron, until she got married. She was born to the famous poet Lord Gorge Gordon Byron. Lord Byron marriage to Ada’s mother, Lady Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron, was not a happy one. Lady Byron separated from Lord Byron weeks after their daughter was born. A few months later, Lord Byron left England, and Ada never saw her father again. He died in Greece when Ada was 8 years old.
Around the age of 17, Ada met Charles Babbage, a mathematician and inventor. They became friends, and the much older Babbage served as a mentor to Ada. Ada began studying advanced mathematics with University of London professor Augustus de Morgan. Ada was intrigued by Babbage’s ideas. Babbage is known as the father of the computer, as he invent different kinds of engines, which were meant to perform mathematical calculations. Ada got a chance to look at the machine before it was finished. Then, Ada was asked to translate an article on Babbage’s analytical engine that had been written by Italian engineer Luigi Federico Menabrea for a Swiss journal.
Not only she translated the original French text into English, but she also added her own ideas on the machine. Her work was published in 1843, in an English science journal. She used only the initials “A.A.L.,” for Augusta Ada Lovelace, in the publication. She died at the age of 36 in 1852. Ada Lovelace died probably because of uterine cancer.
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