Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer (Ada Lovelace Biography)

Ada Lovelace was born Augusta Ada Byron in London on December 10, 1815 to the philandering Romantic poet Lord Byron and strictly religious Annabella Milbanke. Ada was Lord Byron’s only legitimate child.

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49 Comments

  1. Absolutely amazing! I consider Ada as an incredible scientists because she had the great power of imagination! I believe imagination is the most powerful thing in science.

  2. When I first started learning programming, I was taught ADA, BASIC, FORTRAN, PASCAL, SQL, COBOL, LISP, PLUS, (and more, I think), but I think when I got a job, we used RPG (can't remember if it was II or III). Hard to remember back almost 40 years. Haven't written a program in at least 25 years.

  3. In the 1990s I worked for a company at 12 St. James Square, London – the home of Ada, Countess of Lovelace. The building has a Blue Plaque to commemorate her residence. Our IT Director was very proud of the building's heritage and I worked at the upper floor where the bedrooms would have been. On quiet evenings in winter, we could hear the faint sound of Ada's ghost moving around and clinking her gin bottles.

  4. I would say she worked with Babbage. Ada defined the structure of the Analytical Engine. Allan Turing made that mechanical structure into a modern electronic computer. ADA is a modern programing language named in honor of Lovelace.

  5. While definitely late in this…the US (and probably other countries at the time) had a pneumatic computer used on military aircraft to have an EMP proof computer.
    In addition growing out of the early mechanical computers were mechanical adding (and subtraction) machines as well as the mechanical cash registers. While these were definitely not computers they were mechanical calculators.

  6. I learned about Ada in my computer science class, some 18years ago. I’ve always been fascinated by how she was ahead of her time. She should have been an household name today, like Einstein.

  7. This is completely wrong. I'm a PhD in Computer and Electrical Engineering specializing in Software Engineering. Ada Lovelace was a fraud and was NOT the "first computer programmer." Charles Babbage literally wrote all of her programs. Her "proof" on bernoulli's number (available for public viewing on Wikipedia) is for solving a mathematical equation. Ada Lovelace was a fraud

  8. Having loved computing, since I was a young child, it is wonderful to learn of Ada's contribution to our world! Thank you, very much!

  9. AMAZING! This video is followed up with Nellie Bly. My dog's full name is Countess Nellie Ada Lovelace, who is named in honour of these two incredible people. (Please note, in no way am I comparing these two people to a dog or dogs).

  10. Wah. It's you. Simon. Love to hear you in VisualPolitic. History and people biography always be my interest. Now I could hear both from you 😀

  11. When I met Ada it looked so similar to vhdl. I thought it could make a good bridge between programming and digital circuit design. I wander in what state things are with Ada now.

  12. One of my university degree majors English. Surprised how many famous authors, poets loose morally. Many lovers, some never marrying (because bad to do so), were illegitimate fathers, bisexuals. People in arts for at least 300 years often really messed up people who wrecked havoc on partners/spouses/children. Many depressed and suicidal. So many whom they touched also depressed, suicidal.They thought living the life without any ties, only to become despondent.

  13. Trim Uprising has a lot of characters who are named after people that contributed to the development of the computer and the internet itself, which I actually found very interesting.

  14. dude…. i been watching youtube for 10 years now, and this is the first time i have found out what the bell does. Thank you.

  15. At my university all instruction in computer science was done in Ada. They would teach you Java first and then suddenly switch to Ada for year 2 without teaching it, saying "You will be learning programming languages on your own all your career. Time to get started." The department was filled with all kinds of ex-NASA engineers who used Ada for real-time aerospace engineering. The Ada language is what initially brought me to learn more about her. I still think it is an elegant language that doesn't get nearly enough attention in the private sector.

  16. Ada Lovelace published her first algorithm for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine in 1842. Babbage wrote 2 dozen unpublished programs for his machine between 1837 and 1840. He was evidently the inventor of the mechanical computer and the first programmer. However, he saw it purely as a way to calculate numbers. Lovelace’s brilliance was to see that numbers could stand as symbols for other things: eg notes in music. This let computing go from mathematics to general computing, to create words, pictures or other abstract concepts. Lovelace expanded on and improved Babbage’s ideas.

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