Ada Lovelace

Thursday, March 9, 2023
by Scott Campbell
ADA LOVELACE Learn about the first computer scientist before the computer's creation.

Who is Ada Lovelace?

Augusta Ada King, Countest of Lovelace (born in Byron; 1815-1852) is often described as the first computer programmer.

Before computer was even invented, Ada worked with were the ever-evolving plans of Charles Babbage, a 19th century English mathematician, who designed but never built a machine he called Analytical Engine, starting in the 1840s.

The Analytical Engine featured many of the same characteristics that we would recognize as essential to modern general-purpose computer, but it’s probable that the machining techniques of the mid 19th century were inadequate to realize his vision (although a modern effort is underway).

Ada, a strong mathematician herself, was well acquainted with Babbage and the Analytical Engine. She wrote (or possibly co-wrote or edited) an article describing its operations, and outlined an algorithm for the computation of Bernouli numbers. Through modern eyes, this algorithm could be considered a computer program.