The Princess of Parallelograms, the Bride of Science and the Enchantress of Numbers were all nicknames for Ada Byron Lovelace who wrote the world’s first computer program. Born in London in 1815, Ada’s interest in math went against society’s expectations for women at that time. Nevertheless, her mother supported her and hired tutors to further her education.
While Ada never got to see a modern-day computer in action, she did pave the way for women in technology. Ada Lovelace Day takes place each year to celebrate women in science, technology, engineering and math.
Read Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark for more information about this remarkable woman.