Daughter of the poet Lord Byron and mathematician Anne Isabella Milbanke (known as “the princess of parallelograms”), Ada Lovelace, was known as The Mother of Software and The Enchantress of Numbers. Lovelace devised a method of using punchcards to calculate Bernoulli numbers, becoming the first computer programmer, and she collaborated with Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical calculating machine.
Lovelace wrote a scientific paper in 1843 that anticipated the development of computer software, artificial intelligence and computer music. In 1980 the U.S. Department of Defense named its computer language “Ada” in her honor. (adapted from article by Mary Bellis)