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Ada Lovelace's life

Early life of Ada

Lovelace was born 10 December 1815 of the poet George, Lord Byron and his wife Anne Isabella Noel. Byron separated from his wife a month after Ada was born and left England forever four months later, eventually died when Ada was eight years old. Ada's mother remained bitter towards Lord Byron and promoted Ada's interest in mathematics and logic in an effort to prevent her from developing what she saw as the insanity seen in her father, but Ada remained interested in him despite this (and was, upon her death, buried next to him at her request).

Some of her most famous work

Between 1842 and 1843, she translated an article by Italian military engineer Luigi Menabrea on the engine, which she made with an complex set of notes of her own, simply called "Notes". These notes contain what many consider to be the first computer program—that is, an algorithm designed to be carried out by a machine. Lovelace's notes are important in the early history of computers. She also developed a vision of the capability of computers to go beyond mere calculating, while others, including Babbage himself, focused only on those capabilities. Her mind-set of "poetical science" led her to ask questions about the Analytical Engine (as shown in her notes) examining how individuals and society relate to technology as a collaborative tool.