Happy Ada Lovelace day!
Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Grassroots events and activities are held all around the world and, every year since 2010, we’ve put on our own flagship event in London featuring presentations by and stories of inspiring women in STEM.
Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer. Close friends with inventor Charles Babbage, Lovelace was intrigued by his Analytical Engine and in 1842, she translated a description of it by italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea. Babbage asked her to expand the article, “as she understood [it] so well”, and this was when she wrote several early ‘computer programs’. Ada Lovelace died of cancer at 36, her potential tragically unfulfilled.