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today’s birthday: Ada Lovelace (1815): the first computer programmer

Ada Lovelace (1815)

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, widely referred to today simply as Ada Lovelace, has been called the world’s first computer programmer for her description of Charles Babbage‘s early mechanically operated general-purpose digital computer, the analytical engine. Historians debate the extent of her contributions, but she remains a celebrated figure in the field, and the computer programming language Ada is named for her. Who was her famous father? More… Discuss


Lord Byron (1788)

Despite being a social outcast—and self-conscious of his noticeable limp—Byron became the rock star of the Romantic period. His poetic travelogue Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage won him fame, while his complex personality, dashing good looks, and scandalous love affairs captured the imagination of Europe. His literary legacy includes the satirical epic Don Juan and the lonely, rebellious, and brooding “Byronic hero.” Who famously described Byron as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know”? More… Discuss


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