Who Inspire Us
Lady Lovelace, is credited with the idea for the first computer
program. Byron was born December 10, 1815, the daughter of the poet
Lord Byron. Five weeks after Ada was born Lady Byron asked for a
separation from Lord Byron and was awarded sole custody of young
Ada, whom she raised to be a mathematician and scientist. Lady Byron
feared that her daughter might end up a poet like her father; despite
her mother's fear, the young Ada did not ignore her poetical inclinations.
In addition to math and science, she also followed her interest
Byron was introduced to Mary Somerville, a remarkable woman who
translated the works of French mathematician Pierre-Simon Laplace
into English. So impressive was her scholarship that Somerville's
texts were used at Cambridge. Somerville encouraged Byron in her
mathmatical studies and sought to put mathematics and science into
a human context. Somerville's Cambridge connections proved fortuitous
when, at a dinner party, Byron met Charles Babbage, the inventor
of an analytical engine. She collaborated with him and wrote the
translation for L. F. Menebrea's description of Babbage's analytical
engine and added an extensive body of text which delineated how
the machine could compute Bernoulli numbers. Her work is regarded
as the first computer program.
Byron married the Earl of Lovelace. She continued to correspond
with Charles Babbage and in 1843 published an article predicting
a machine that could compose music and produce graphics, which would
be a boon to practical and scientific pursuits.
a software language developed by the U.S. Department of Defense
was named "Ada" in Byron's honor.