Ada Lovelace, a British mathematician and writer, known for her work Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general purpose computer, work will be exhibited at London's Science Museum starting from today. The Victorian-era intellectual’s work has laid the groundwork for modern day computer programming.
In the exhibition, machines and the math showing Lovelace’s many achievements are being showcased. Lovelace is also called as the first computer programmer and it is after that the yearly celebration of women’s achievement in the field of science has been named.
Lovelace was born two centuries ago to Romantic poet Lord Byron and his mathematics-loving wife Annabella Milbanke. Experts have said that Lovelace is considered to be an icon among women in the STEM fields.
Born in 1815 as Ada Gordon, Lovelace was the only child of her parents. All other children of Byron were born out of wedding. She has even seen the separation of her parents. It was her mother, Milbanke, who filled in interest of maths in her daughter.
Lovelace too soon fell in love with machinery and used to spend hours in diagrams and coming up with her own inventions of the Industrial Revolution. Until the 1950s, Lovelace contribution to the field of computer science was not recognized.
Though her Analytical Engine was never built, it is being as an early model for a computer. Lovelace died at the age of 36 from cancer on 27th November, 1852.