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Ada Lovelace: Google Doodle honors world's first computer programmer

Posted by on Dec. 10, 2012 at 11:39 AM
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Been wondering who the woman being honored by the Google Doodle today is? Turns out she actually is one of the people responsible for giving us computers to begin with.

Augusta Ada King, the Countess of Lovelace also known as Ada Lovelace, was born on Dec. 10, 1815. She was a member of British society in the 1800s who is credited as being the world's first true computer programmer. The mathematician was known mostly for her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine, a proposed mechanical general-purpose computer. Though it was first described in 1837, the unit was never built until over a century later.

Among her notes, Lovelace created an algorithm meant to be processed by the machine. The program, credited as being the first of its kind, was planned to be used to solve certain mathematical problems. A quote from her notes also pointed in the direction of the use of digital music today, hence the final image in the Google Doodle being of both a laptop and music notes.

"We hope today's doodle inspires people to find out more about Ada, and about the contributions made by women in general to science and technology," Google's blog writes.

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