Lady Ada

Lady Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852)

1815 Augusta Ada Byron is born in London (December 10)
1828 Ada designs a flying machine
1829 Ada gets the measles and becomes an invalid
1833 Ada meets Charles Babbage and his Difference Engine
1834 Babbage conceptualizes the Analytical Engine
1835 Ada weds William King (July 8)
1836 Ada's first child, Byron, is born (May 12)
1837 Ada's second child, Anne Isabella (Annabella), is born (September 22)
1838 William and Ada become Earl and Countess of Lovelace (June 30)
1839 Ada's third child, Ralph Gordon, is born (July 2)
1840 Babbage goes to Italy to discuss the Analytical Engine
1840 Ada begins studying mathematics with De Morgan
1841 Lady Byron reveals Ada's Most Strange and Dreadful History
1842 Ada returns after a nine-month absence to her mathematical studies
1842 L. F. Menabrea's description of the Analytical Engine is published in Switzerland
1843 Ada's translation and Notes are published (August)
1844 Ada visits the Crosse household in late November
1850 Ada visits her father's ancestral home, Newstead Abbey
1852 Ada dies (November 27)
1946 ENIAC – First digital computer built
1974 Proposal by military for a common high-order computer language
1975 First iteration of the language called Strawman, second iteration called Woodenman
1978 A winning language selected after extensive review
1980 Language named Ada in her honor
1984 Ada becomes a trademark of the United States Department of Defense

Charles Babbage to Ada Lovelace:
Forget this world and all its troubles and if possible its multitudinous Charlatans – everything in short but the Enchantress of Numbers.

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