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October 13, 2015 AT 12:00 am

Ada Lovelace Day 2015 #ALD15 @findingada

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Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an internationally acknowledged day devoted to celebrating woman in STEM. In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, we are dedicating today’s posts to women we admire!

We’re kicking off our celebration of Ada Lovelace Day with Ada Lovelace herself! From findingada:

The woman most often known as ‘Ada Lovelace’ was born Ada Gordon in 1815, sole child of the brief and tempestuous marriage of the erratic poet George Gordon, Lord Byron, and his mathematics-loving wife Annabella Milbanke.

Fearing that Ada would inherit her father’s volatile ‘poetic’ temperament, her mother raised her under a strict regimen of science, logic, and mathematics. Ada herself from childhood had a fascination with machines– designing fanciful boats and steam flying machines, and poring over the diagrams of the new inventions of the Industrial Revolution that filled the scientific magazines of the time…

…In 1833, Lovelace’s mentor, the scientist and polymath Mary Sommerville, introduced her to Charles Babbage, the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics who had already attained considerable celebrity for his visionary and perpetually unfinished plans for gigantic clockwork calculating machines. Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace both had somewhat unconventional personalities and became close and lifelong friends. Babbage described her as “that Enchantress who has thrown her magical spell around the most abstract of Sciences and has grasped it with a force which few masculine intellects could have exerted over it,” or an another occasion, as “The Enchantress of Numbers”.

Read here or listen here to learn more about Ada Lovelace, see our archive of Ada Lovelace Day posts and get ready to celebrate inspirational women everywhere! Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

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October 13th is Ada Lovelace Day! Today the world celebrates all of the accomplishments of women in science, art, design, technology, engineering, and math. Each year, Adafruit highlights a number of women who are pioneering their fields and inspiring women of all ages to make their voices heard. Today we will be sharing the stories of women that we think are modern day “Adas” alongside historical women that have made impacts in science and math.

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1 Comment

  1. A truly remarkable woman. There was a documentary on her life recently on the BBC. More should be done to bring her to the attention of everyone.

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