Ada (Byron) Lovelace

Augusta Ada (Byron) Lovelace (1815 - 1852)

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Countess Augusta Ada (Ada) "Countess of Lovelace" Lovelace formerly Byron aka King-Noel
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Died in Marylebone, London, Englandmap
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Categories: Computer Scientists | Women's History | Notables | Descent Macbeth Brodie of Brodie, circa 1210.

Ada (Byron) Lovelace is Notable.



"Bodleian Digital Library: 'BDLSS Blog - Celebrating Ada Lovelace’s 200th birthday...At the heart of the Oxford celebrations were the archives of Lovelace family papers, deposited by their owners in the Oxford’s Bodleian Library, and thus kindly made available to scholars from all over the world. The 200th anniversary celebrations saw a particular focus on Lovelace’s mathematics, with a new study in preparation by the first professional historians of mathematics to work on this material, Christopher Hollings, of Oxford’s world-leading History of Mathematics group, and Adrian Rice of Ralph Macon University. They’ve studied the exchange of letters between Lovelace and Augustus De Morgan, one of the leading mathematicians of the day, and shown that in this ‘correspondence course’ Lovelace, in her twenties, is studying at the level of university students of the day, with a knack for asking perceptive questions, and that De Morgan thought highly of her abilities and discussed with her cutting edge research of the time...'" [1] (Also see: 'Numbers into Notes – Ada Lovelace and Music' [2])

"Computer History Museum: 'Computer History Museum Is "Thinking Big" with New Ada Lovelace Exhibit... CHM kicks off a year-long bicentennial celebration of Victorian mathematician and visionary Ada Lovelace with a new exhibit opening and exclusive launch event with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki... The Computer History Museum (CHM), the world’s leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society, is honoring computer pioneer Ada Lovelace with a year of celebratory events, beginning with the launch of its newest exhibit, 'Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace.'

Open to the public on December 12, [2015] the exhibit celebrates the 200th birthday of English mathematician and visionary Ada Lovelace. Lovelace, often referred to as one of the first computer programmers, is perhaps best known for her close partnership with Charles Babbage and her visionary ideas about computers.

Drawing on the Lovelace papers held at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, CHM’s exhibit showcases high-resolution facsimiles of letters, journals, mathematical notes, and Lovelace’s correspondence with some of the era’s foremost thinkers, like Charles Babbage and Augustus De Morgan, a leading mathematician. Additionally, the exhibit features rich graphics and a multimedia component where visitors can hear readings of four select letters that spotlight moments in Lovelace’s life.

This is the first time the Bodleian has publicly released its collection of Lovelace papers, and the Museum is the only location in the United States where you can explore its extraordinary contents. Many of the papers not only offer new insight into Lovelace’s life, but also into the birth of computational thinking. Of special interest is a manuscript that contains the handwriting of both Lovelace and Babbage, evidence of their trusted partnership. This document shows the pair working closely together and exchanging ideas about mathematical problems.

“Ada Lovelace is often recognized for her partnership with Charles Babbage, but she was also a woman of fierce originality and intellectual interests,” says Kirsten Tashev, VP of exhibitions and collections. “Lovelace she envisioned the future of computers as symbol manipulators as well as their far reaching creative possibilities. CHM’s new exhibit uniquely explores both sides of Lovelace: the mathematician and the visionary." [3]

Augusta Ada Byron was born in 1815. She was the daughter of Lord Byron. Ada's mother had her tutored in mathematics and science as means of distancing her from the philandering ways of her poetic father.

Ada became fascinated with flight at a young age, and studied flying in great detail. She wrote a book, "Flyology", based on her findings.

She became an assistant to computer engineer Charles Babbage, who designed both the Difference Engine, a calculator, and the Analytical Engine, the world's first schematic for a computer. Babbage called her the Enchantress of Numbers.

Ada's notes on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine included an algorithm for computing Bernoulli numbers intended to be carried out by a machine. Therefore, she is often described as the first computer programmer. Some historians describe her role in software as more of a publicist than a programmer, with the programming credit given to Babbage and his extensive unpublished notes.

Ada, after observing Victorian punch card technology and deducing that numbers can be mapped to symbols, made a prediction that computers would be eventually used to create art, a prediction that came true in the late 20th century. Ada parted ways with Babbage due to a dispute regarding control and funding of the Analytical Engine. She later became involved in betting on horse racing, and amassed deep debts.

She passed away in 1852.


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  • "England and Wales Census, 1841," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 October 2015), Ada Lovelace in household of Earl Of Lovelace, St James, Middlesex, England; from "1841 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  • "'Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers: Prophet of the Computer Age', by by Betty Alexandra Toole, Ed.D.; Critical Connection, 2010." [4]
  • "Ada's Algorithm: How Lord Byron's Daughter Ada Lovelace Launched the Digital Age' by James Essinger; Penguin, 2015

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Family portrait group from "Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace"
Family portrait group from

"Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace"

Handwritten letter to mother, age 12, from "Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace"
Handwritten letter to mother, age 12, from

"Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace"


On 18 Mar 2018 at 21:26 GMT Rionne (Brassil) Brooks wrote:

On a television show this week March 2018, in Australia, it was shown that she was buried next to her father.

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