Ada Lovelace was a British writer and mathematician who is widely known as the first computer programmer born in 1815, She was the first to create an algorithm for the world’s first “computer”; the Analytical Engine. Born in London, Lovelace took after her he father who was a poet and went on to become a writer. She also was always interested in scientific development and with her mum’s encouragement of Ada’s interest in maths whilst she was growing up, led to her
Charles Baggage who was a British mathematician, mechanical engineer and inventor the Analytical Engine, Baggage went to the University of Turin in Italy to give a lecture on his machine.
Babbage’s lecture was written in French by Menabrea, who went on to get it translated by Lovelace through commision. Lovelace went a step further and annotated the translated version and even got help from Babbage, expanding on many aspects overlooked in Menabrea’s paper. Ada was able to see that Babbage’s device could potentially solve problems beyond maths, thus the beginnings of computer. (Fuegi & Francis 2003)
“[The Analytical Engine] might act upon other things besides number, were objects found whose mutual fundamental relations could be expressed by those of the abstract science of operations, and which should be also susceptible of adaptations to the action of the operating notation and mechanism of the engine…
Supposing, for instance, that the fundamental relations of pitched sounds in the science of harmony and of musical composition were susceptible of such expression and adaptations, the engine might compose elaborate and scientific pieces of music of any degree of complexity or extent.” (Hooper, 2012)
Hooper, Rowan (16 October 2012). “Ada Lovelace: My brain is more than merely mortal”. New Scientist. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
Lovelace & Babbage and the Creation of the 1843 ‘Notes’ N.p.: n.p., 2003. 16-26. Print.