Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ada Lovelace Day

To celebrate the role of women in technology,
today has been named Ada Lovelace Day.

Augusta Ada Byron was born in 1815,
the daughter of Lord Byron,
she is now known simply as Ada Lovelace.

A skilled mathematician,
she wrote the world's first computer programmes
for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.

Years ahead of her time,
she realised that the Analytical Engine
"might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music
of any degree of complexity or extent."

She died, aged only 36, on 27th November 1852.

Text: BBC News (edited)

Photo: (edited) Hulton Archive/Getty Image/Circa 1840/Published 24 March 2009


aims said...

What a loss to the world her early death was! Imagine what she could have discovered.

I know some men who would be cranky knowing that a woman actually was behind the computer technology. What fun this will be to inform them.

John-Michael said...

I am so glad that the BBC chose to tell us about this amazing Lady. And equally happy that You enjoyed sharing her story, along with me.

Those men (who would be "cranky" at learning of her accomplishments), are denying themselves a wondrously enormous part of this World's blessings. Their loss!

Loving You, Dear Aims ...

Annette said...

what a beautiful lady! See, this goes to say what I argue with my husband about (in a joking manner) women are smarter then men!! she had no clue I bet what she did, o I forgot to mention..."Your a smart man Juan" (with a smarty grin and a wink of one eye) Thank you for visiting, it's ALWAYS a pleasure to have your company!!
Hugs to you~

John-Michael said...

I fully agree with You, Annette, My Dear, she is, indeed, beautiful. And it sounds (from her very distinct comment) like she fully understood the power of what she had created ... though I am sure that she would be as amazed, as we all are, at what has blossomed from those early accomplishments.

And Juan thanks You [BIG smile]

lime said...

wow! what a visionary she was and at a time when the input of women was not particularly valued.

John-Michael said...

I was eager and happy to spread the word about this remarkable Person when I learned of her. She is someone whose life and contributions would provide inspiration and encouragement to all who learn of her. I hope that she becomes a part of all of our Society's awareness.

Happy to love Ya ...

Chuck Dilmore said...

Thanks for this, John-Michael!
Hope things are lovely in your world!


John-Michael said...

More than happy to share it with You, Chuck, My Friend.

Lovingly ...

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