Ada Lovelace, born December 10th 1815, was a mathematician and writer and best known for her work on Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine. The Analytical Engine used arithmetic logic and integrated memory making it the first general-purpose computer. The logic structure of the Analytical Engine was very similar to what is used in computer design today, some 200 years later.
What sets Ada Lovelace apart is her deep understanding of the potential of these engines (computers). It took another 100 years before Alan Turing, the "Father of Theoretical Computer Science and A.I.", truly recognized Ada's foresight and the significance of her work. Ada didn't just understand how the Analytical Engine worked but she was able to conceptualize applications for this devise. She was a visionary. She understood that the numbers used in the engine could be used to represent more than just quantities and if a machine could manipulate those numbers it could also manipulate any data represented by those numbers. Ada predicted these engines would one day be used to make music, art, and could be used for research and scientific discovery.
Below is a video from TVO; Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing
Google has developed a free Computer Programming game called Blockly Maze and it introduces the concepts behind simple computer programming. You can follow in Ada's footsteps and build your knowledge about algorithms HERE.
A resent study took Open Source data came to the conclusion that women make better computer programmers than men but the stigma associated with coding done my women hold them down. This stigma or gender bias must be broken if we are to continue to make progress in the tech age.
Today, women such as Elizabeth Holmes, Meg Whitman, and Marissa Mayer play key roles in technology. They are the CEOs of Theranos, Hewlett Packard and Yahoo!, respectively.
Other historical women who played roles in the evolution of computer science are Grace Hopper and Adele Goldberg. Women have shared the responsibility of bringing about our technological age and it is time to start recognizing them for their accomplishments.