Honouring computing?s 1843 visionary, Lady Ada Lovelace

from The Official Google Blog by A Googler
Last year, a group of us were lucky enough to visit the U.K. Prime Minister?s residence at 10 Downing Street, as part of the Silicon Valley Comes to the U.K. initiative. While there, we asked about some of the paintings on the wall. When we got to a large portrait of a regally dressed woman, our host said ?and of course, that?s Lady Lovelace.? So much of world history leaves out or minimizes the contributions of women, and so ?of course? most of us had no idea who she was. You can imagine our surprise when we learned she was considered by some to be the world?s first computer programmer?having published the first algorithm intended for use on Charles Babbage?s Analytical Engine.

Lady Ada Lovelace, painted by Margaret Carpenter in 1836, from the U.K. Government Art Collection. Photo thanks to Wikimedia Commons.

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