Today, March 24, is
, created for bloggers to celebrate women in science.
I have referred to the real Ada before on Reprint, but I’m not sure I’ve written anything about her here before. Lovelace is recognized as the first programmer, having written programs for Charles Babbage‘s difference machine (the first computer, though it was never completed) before the machine was built.
And yes, she was the first programmer ever, not just the first female programmer.
Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron, which pretty much makes for a messed-up childhood, but she was intensely, brilliantly intelligent and mathematically gifted, prompting Babbage to call her "the Enchantress of Numbers."
Here’s Ada’s Wikipedia page.
Make sure you celebrate your favorite girl geeks today, and encourage a girl you know to go into science! There are lots of great female (and male too) science role-models at Worthington High School, too, don’t forget!