Biography

Name: Ada Lovelace
Born: 10 December 1815,
London, England
Died: 27 November 1852,
Marylebone, London, England

Augusta Ada King, born on 10 December 1815 and died on 27 November 1852) was a British mathematician and writer,known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

Her notes on the engine include the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine. Because of this, she is often regarded as the first computer programmer.
Ada Lovelace was born 10 December 1815. She was the only child of the poet George Gordon and his wife Anne Isabella Milbanke. Byron separated from his wife a month after Ada was born and left England forever four months later, eventually dying of disease in the Greek War of Independence when Ada was eight years old. Ada's mother was the one who promoted Ada's interest in mathematics and logic.[1][2][3]

Education

  • Ada was taught mathematics from an early age.Privately schooled in mathematics and science by William Frend, William King and Mary Somerville
  • Augustus De Morgan was one of her later tutors who thouth her logic and mathematics
  • While studying differential calculus, she wrote to De Morgan:[4]

    I may remark that the curious transformations many formulae can undergo, the unsuspected and to a beginner apparently impossible identity of forms exceedingly dissimilar at first sight, is I think one of the chief difficulties in the early part of mathematical studies. I am often reminded of certain sprites and fairies one reads of, who are at one's elbows in one shape now, and the next minute in a form most dissimilar...[5]

  • Death

    Ada Lovelace died at the age of 36 on 27 November 1852,from uterine cancer. The illness lasted several months. She was buried, at her request, next to her father at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire.[6][7]

    References

    [1]Fuegi & Francis 2003, pp. 16–26.
    [2] Phillips, Ana Lena (November–December 2011). "Crowdsourcing gender equity: Ada Lovelace Day, and its companion website, aims to raise the profile of women in science and technology". American Scientist 99 (6): 463.
    [3]"Ada Lovelace honoured by Google doodle". The Guardian. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
    [4] Ada Lovelace Biography, www.biography.com
    [5]Toole 1998, p. 99.
    [6]"December 1852 1a MARYLEBONE – Augusta Ada Lovelace", Register of Deaths, GRO.
    [7]Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation Inc. Updated 22 July 2004, 10:55 UTC. Encyclopedia on-line. Available from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endangered Species. Internet. Retrieved 10 August 2004.