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Ada Lovelace: the world's first programmer

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Ada Lovelace: the world's first programmer

        “If Charles Babbage is the father of computers, then Ada Lovelace is the mother of programming.”          Ada Lovelace was born into a British aristocratic family during the 19th century, a period of European wisdom. A number of well-known thinkers and scientists were born during this period.          

        Ada's mother was an educated woman. This encouraged the only daughter Ada to study at home with many famous mathematicians and scientists of the era. Ada speaks multiple languages and has a special interest in mathematics. 

        At the age of 17, Ada met Charles Babbage, a mathematician. Beige proposed the idea that “What will it be? If the calculator could not only understand but can respond to that insight.” But no one cared for this idea of Beige, except Ada. 

        The two dated and wrote to each other for the next 10 years. These letters became evidence of the creation of a calculator called the Difference Engine. 

        Ada drew up a schematic of a machine that was able to calculate Bernoulli numbers, a famous and complex set of numbers. Ada created a language for commanding machines with punched cards and published a sample program using these cards. It is the world's first computer programming. 

        But due to the technical sophistication, Difference Engine was not actually built in those days. But it was later built by the London Science Museum and found to be of practical use.          

        In 1979, the US Department of Defense created the first ISO standard computer language and named it in honor of Ada Lovelace "ADA". 

Ada died at the age of 36 of cancer. 

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