Who was Ada Lovelace?
Ada Lovelace – born at a time when women were denied the vote and most were restricted from owning property – was a British Mathematician who went on to become the first computer programmer in history.
Lovelace collaborated with inventor Charles Babbage on his general purpose computing machine, the Analytical Engine. In 1843, Lovelace published what we would now call a computer program to generate Bernoulli Numbers. Whilst Babbage had written fragments of programs before, Lovelace's was the most complete, most elaborate, and the first published.
Lovelace was also the first person to foresee the creative potential of the Engine. She explained how it could do so much more than calculate numbers, and could potentially create music and art, given the right programming and inputs. Her vision of computing's possibilities was unmatched by any of her peers and went unrecognised for a century.
Read the biography of Lovelace to discover more about her inspiring story.
Ada Lovelace Day aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers and support women already working in STEM.