Today’s Google Doodle is in memory of another legend celebrating her 197th birthday, born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes were considered the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. Because of this, she is often considered the world’s first computer programmer.
Thee doodle of the day depicts the revolution of computers from left to right showing punch cards -> desktops -> modern laptops and tablets, along with an image of Ada Byron herself on the extreme left.
Charles Babbage, the father of the computer. He first proposed the use of a mechanical computer in 1822 for computing in the fields of astronomy and mathematics and received funding from British government to build such a machine in 1823, and spent the next several years trying to build the Difference Engine.
Ada Lovelace met and corresponded with Charles Babbage on many occasions, including socially and in relation to Babbage’s Difference Engine and Analytical Engine.
Babbage was impressed by Ada’s intellect and writing skills. He called her “The Enchantress of Numbers”. In 1843 he wrote of her:
Forget this world and all its troubles and if
possible its multitudinous Charlatans – everything
in short but the Enchantress of Numbers.
She translated Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea’s memoir on the Analytical Engine, writing detailed notes on the Engine which went beyond the scope of the memoirs. Ada Lovelace died at the age of thirty-six, on 27 November 1852,from uterine cancer.