In the world of IT, there are many pioneers that helped contribute to the way we use technology today, from early ideas of what a computer could be way before one was actually made, to the inventor of Wi-Fi signals. In this report I will be discussing 6 of them and evaluating which is the ‘top pioneer’.
Firstly, Augusta Ada King-Noel, known as the Countess of Lovelace was an English Mathematician and writer during the 19th century. Born in London on the 10th December 1815, she was the only ‘true’ child of the poet Lord Byron and Anne Isabella Milbanke (his wife) as all of his other children were born to other women who were not married to Byron. Lord Byron left England shortly after Ada’s birth and eventually died in the Greek war of Independence 8 years later. Due to her late-husband’s actions Ada’s mother decided to promote mathematics and writing to Ada to help prevent her getting the ‘insanity’ Anne believed Lord Byron had suffered from. Later, in 1835 Ada married William King, who three years later became Earl of Lovelace, giving Ada her title of ‘Countess of Lovelace’.
After furthering her education with scientists such as: Andrew Crosse and Sir David Brewster, as well as author Charles Dickens to become an Analyst, she met fellow British mathematician ‘Charles Babbage’ through her private tutor. They developed an ongoing friendship and working relationship while famously working together on Babbage’s work on the Analytical Engine. An example of her work on this