This 'Enchantress of Numbers' Was the World's First Computer Programmer

This 'Enchantress of Numbers' Was the World's First Computer Programmer

Science & Society Picture Library/Wikimedia CommonsIf you're surprised that the first computer programmer in the world was a woman, just wait; her story gets even more interesting. How Lovelace became an accomplished mathematician and computer programmer is the subject of \"The Ada Lovelace Episode: Who was the Enchantress of Numbers?\" Lovelace was born Augusta Ada Byron in 1815, the daughter of Lord Byron and the wealthy Isabella Milbanke. Soon Lovelace became Babbage's protégé; it was Babbage who would eventually nickname her the Enchantress of Numbers. Because her notes discussed how the machine could be programmed to calculate Bernoulli numbers (considered by some to be the first algorithm carried out by machine), Lovelace is viewed as the world's first programmer.

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