ADA LOVELACE DAY! CELEBRATING A TRUE PIONEERING STEM ICON

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Author: Liz Prince
Posting date: 11/10/2021

Today (Tuesday October 12th 2021) is Ada Lovelace Day, which celebrates the achievements of women working in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). 

We at Amiqus and G Into Gaming have long celebrated and championed women who work in the games industry. On Ada Lovelace Day let’s take a moment to reflect on what she achieved back in the early 19th Century – a time when women were not encouraged to study maths or science.

Lovelace was actually spurred on by her mother, Lady Byron, who was worried that Ada would follow in the footsteps of her father, Lord Byron, and be consumed with poetry and romantic ideals. Her mother’s encouragement paid off, with Lovelace collaborating with inventor Charles Babbage on his ‘general purpose computing machine’.

In 1843, Lovelace published what we would now call a computer program to generate Bernoulli Numbers. According to the Finding Ada organisation, whilst Babbage had written fragments of programs before, Lovelace's was the most complete, most elaborate and the first published. And more importantly, Lovelace saw the potential of the computing machine in terms of art.

Lovelace’s contribution to computing was unrecognised for a Century, as her thoughts and ideas were so far ahead of the curve. 

An amazing woman – and a true pioneer!

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