L is for Ada Lovelace – Mathematics #AtoZChallenge

L is for Ada Lovelace – Mathematics

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++ A to Z of Notable Women in STEM ++

Ada Lovelace (1815 – 1852) was encouraged at a young age by her mother to study mathematics and logic.

Ada Lovelace, painted by Alfred Edward Chalon in 1839
Ada Lovelace, painted by Alfred Edward Chalon in 1839

Her work is very important for the early development of computers. As a teenager, she worked with British mathematician Charles Babbage on his Analytical Engine. Ada is credited with writing the first computer program – an algorithm designed to be carried out by a machine.

Ada's diagram for the computation of Bernoulli numbers using the Analytical Engine.
Ada’s diagram for the computation of Bernoulli numbers using the Analytical Engine.

You can read more about Ada Lovelace here.

See more notable women of STEM in my contribution to the April A to Z blogging challenge for 2016.

Add your own “L”-named women to the list in the comments below! Here are some others have suggested:

Estella Leopold – Paleobotany
Andrea Liu – Physics

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Scientist (Paleontology, Geochemistry, Geology); Writer (Speculative and Science Fiction, plus technical and non-technical Science); Mom to great boy on the Autism spectrum; possessor of too many hobbies.

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