Ada Lovelace

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In today's technological world it's apparent that men make up a large part of that field but more and more females are showing up to compete in science and math, which makes the discovery of Ada Lovelace so impressive.

Ada Lovelace, was born in 1815 to famous poet Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke in London, England. Sadly, however, her father Lord Byron, left them both only a month after her birth and therefore never really knew him. Her mother, having ill feelings towards Byron, made it a goal not to let her daughter become fascinated with the creative arts like her father which she felt had corrupted him and therefore pushed her to learn nontraditional subjects for girls, like math and science. 

Ada was given the best possible tutors and because of her naturally bright mind excelled in her studies. Some notable figures in which she was blessed to glean from were Andrew Crosse, Mary Somerville, Sir David Brewster, Charles Dickenson and Sir Charles Wheatstone and as a teen she was introduced to Charles Babbage, who is often refered to as the "father of computers". 

Babbage was a mathematician who invented the difference machine, essentially the first calculator/computer. With him as a mentor Ada now, Ada Lovelace, after marrying The Earl of Lovelace, became expert in advanced mathematics. So when she was asked to translate Babbage's article on his analytical engine for Italian engineer Luigi Federico, not only did she do so but she included her own notes and ideas for such a machine which included what some consider the first ever computer program. 

 These notes weren't brought to attention until the 1950's when they were republished for their advanced thinking and in 2002 a prototype was created to be presented in a London museum. 

Though Ada died at only 36 of cancer, she was a bright mind of her time and is an example that there are no subjects in which women can't contribute. 

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