So it’s the second Tuesday of October and ever since 2009 this has been declared as Ada Lovelace day. The day is set aside to celebrate and pay respect to the women who work in Stem Careers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
So why is this called Ada Lovelace Day?
Ada Lovelace was born the only legitimate child of the famous or infamous Lord Byron and by many is considered to be the first computer programmer.
She was almost lost to obscurity and nearly ended up as a foot note in her own fathers history if not for her influence on people such as the great Alan Turing. Where her father was brilliant in the arts she was brilliant in the sciences, this was caused by her mother pushing her onto a path as far from her fathers as possible. Eventually she would become an acquaintance and eventual partner to Charles Babbage, known to some as the father of the computer, he would later call her “The Enchantress of Number”. In her time she would help with the designs of some of the earliest computers and interestingly enough she would even write about the possibilities of artificial intelligence, this was all pre-1900. Ada was someone that was truly wasted on the world, true she helped push boundaries in her chosen fields, but I cannot help but think as a women she was not given the level of respect that she truly deserved.
Honestly I am not the best person to champion this historical figure, I probably lack the knowledge to truly comprehend how she helped shape the world we live in today. If you want to know more then check out the video below.
An interesting note is that the programming language Ada is named in her honor.