MANILA, Philippines - If you don't know who Ada Lovelace is, well, you're probably not the only one. You should probably remember, though, that she is considered the world's first computer programmer.
Ada is the featured subject of today's Google Doodle, which features famous artists, pioneers, and scientists in doodles that are incorporated in the Google logo. She was born on December 10, 1815 and died at only 36 years old on November 27, 1852.
The doodle shows Ada working on a formula along with images that show the evolution of the computer.
According to the Computer History Museum website
, Ada was born Augusta Ada Byron and was the only legitimate child of Annabella Milibanke and the poet Lord Byron.
"Her mother, Lady Byron, had mathematical training (Byron called her his 'Princess of Parallelograms') and insisted that Ada, who was tutored privately, study mathematics too - an unusual education for a woman," the website said.
A Wikipedia entry says that she came up with the world's first computer program. an algorithm she arrived at by studying Charles Babbage's work on the analytical engine, translating an article by Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea on the engine and supplementing it with notes of her own.