Ada Augusta Lovelace

1493 WordsNov 27, 20056 Pages
In a world that is dominated by men, there were few women who could stand up and be noticed in the earlier years. In the early nineteenth century, Ada Augusta Byron Lovelace, made herself known among the world of men and her work still influences today's world. She is considered the "Mother of Computer Programming" and the "Enchantress of Numbers." The world of computers began with the futuristic knowledge of Charles Babbage and Lady Lovelace. She appeared to know more about Babbage's work of the Analytical Engine than he himself knew. During the time of Lovelace's discoveries, women were just beginning to take part in the scientific world, although the attitude towards women and education was that women should not exceed or match…show more content…
Her husband, Lord William King, Earl of Lovelace, actually encouraged her to work with Babbage and ignored her failure to take care of her family. Lovelace put much effort on her translation and into her "Notes," which bits of information that expanded on the reliability, need, and usefulness of the Analytical Engine and which were added for more detail. She spent countless hours having Babbage check her work, and in the end, she came up with a piece worthy of publication. The only problem Lovelace faced was signing her work. As a woman, her work would have not been taken seriously and would have been looked at disapprovingly. This made it difficult for Lovelace to sign her work for fear that the paper's miraculous findings and ideas would be ignored. After Babbage's insistence, Lovelace signed her work A.A.L. The piece was then published in 1844 and received rave reviews. Shortly after, Ada Lovelace was diagnosed with uterine cancer and died on November 27, 1852. Thirty years after Lovelace's death, the peace on the Analytical Engine was credited to her name. At that time, Lovelace achieved another task that had not been foremost in her mind, but she had accomplished this when women were unable to attend science debates and mathematical meetings. Cambridge University did not admit women at the time, and only by begging mathematicians and scientists women were allowed
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