Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace has often been credited as the world’s first computer programmer and was a famous mathematician.

Early Life

Augusta Ada Byron was born December 10, 1815, to the famous English poet George Gordon Byron and his wife Anne Isabella Milbanke. The Byrons were a complicated family. Lord Byron had left Anne for another woman before Ada’s birth; he also deeply loved Augusta Leigh, his half-sister with whom he had an incestuous relationship.

Ada’s parents separated soon after her birth, and Lord Byron left England that same year for Italy.

Anne raised Ada with an education in mathematics and logic. Lord Byron had been a mathematics professor before his poetic career took off, and he encouraged the same in Ada from an early age.

In 1828, at 17, she met Mary Somerville, a Scottish science writer who aided her in developing her education in mathematics to include logic and philosophy.

She also read widely about astronomy and science fiction, and was particularly fond of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

She married Will