Finding Ada Lovelace

How are you celebrating Ada Lovelace Day this year?  If you’re a science and technology major you may be making plans.  The rest of us have much to learn about this lady.

It may pique the interest of English majors to know that Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron.

So it should be of interest to a wide range of readers that March 24 is Finding Ada Day, thus named to honor this “tech heroine” and all women who have made contributions to the world of science and technology.  Ada Lovelace was one of the world’s first computer programmers, and one of the first people to see computers as more than a machine for doing math.  She wrote programs for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine which was never actually built.  She also wrote an early description of a computer and of software.

Planners of the Finding Ada Day are recruiting signatures from people to pledge a blog post March 24 about admirable women in technology or science.  Their goal is to get 3,072 signatures and to raise awareness about women’s scientific contributions.

The March 24 Finding Ada initiative is a precursor of the international celebration of Ada Lovelace Day which is set for Friday, October 7, which will be most likely be held somewhere in Great Britain since this is primarily a British initiative

Since the links on my blog aren’t functioning I suggest that interested readers, their students and family members, simply google Ada Lovelace – you’ll find tons of tantalizing information on the web, on several blogs, and of course on Twitter and Facebook.  I should be fun to participate in plans for the October conference.

It seems appropriate to the celebration of Women’s History Month to offer an update on the legacy of this important contributor to our recognition of the role of women in today’s technology and science.

 

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