Who Was Ada?

Painting of Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace

Ada Developers Academy is named in honor of Augusta Ada Lovelace, the 19th century mathematician who is considered the founder of computer science.

Between 1842 and 1843, Ada worked with Charles Babbage to translate an article on the calculating engine, supplementing it with an elaborate set of notes, simply called Notes (later published in Taylor’s scientific memoirs). These Notes contain what many consider to be the first computer program with the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine.

Lovelace’s Notes included a ground-breaking description of the possibilities of programming the machine to go beyond number-crunching to “computing,” including speculating on its future ability to create graphics and complex music.

She was the daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron.

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