It’s a little on the late side but Media Molecule celebrated ‘Happy Ada Lovelace Day and featured her as a sack boy, or should that be sack girl?
It was an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science. Who is Ada Lovelace?. Well, she’s mostly known for her writing which is considered to be the first world’s computer programme.
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was born on 10th December 1815, the only child of Lord Byron and his wife, Annabella. Born Augusta Ada Byron, but now known simply as Ada Lovelace, she wrote the worldâ€™s first computer programmes for the Analytical Engine, a general-purpose machine that Charles Babbage had invented.
Ada had been taught mathematics from a very young age by her mother and met Babbage in 1833. Ten years later she translated Luigi Menabreaâ€™s memoir on Babbageâ€™s Analytical Engine, appending notes that included a method for calculating Bernoulli numbers with the machine â€“ the first computer programme. The calculations were never carried out, as the machine was never built. She also wrote the very first description of a computer and of software.
Understanding that computers could do a lot more than just crunch numbers, Ada suggested that the Analytical Engine â€œmight compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent.â€ She never had the chance to fully explore the possibilities of either Babbageâ€™s inventions or her own understanding of computing. She died, aged only 36, on 27th November 1852, of cancer and bloodletting by her physicians.