Who is Ada Lovelace?
Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician, commonly known as the first computer programmer. You can learn more about her on her Wikipedia Page, in the book Ada's Legacy, below, and in the story 'Cracking Codes'.
- ADA's Legacy byISBN: 9781970001518Publication Date: 2015-10-01Ada's Legacy illustrates the depth and diversity of writers, thinkers, and makers who have been inspired by Ada Lovelace, the English mathematician and writer. The volume, which commemorates the bicentennial of Ada's birth in December 1815, celebrates Lovelace's many achievements as well as the impact of her life and work, which reverberated widely since the late nineteenth century. In the 21st century we have seen a resurgence in Lovelace scholarship, thanks to the growth of interdisciplinary thinking and the expanding influence of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ada's Legacy is a unique contribution to this scholarship, thanks to its combination of papers on Ada's collaboration with Charles Babbage, Ada's position in the Victorian and Steampunk literary genres, Ada's representation in and inspiration of contemporary art and comics, and Ada's continued relevance in discussions around gender and technology in the digital age. With the 200th anniversary of Ada Lovelace's birth on December 10, 2015, we believe that the timing is perfect to publish this collection of papers. Because of its broad focus on subjects that reach far beyond the life and work of Ada herself, Ada's Legacy will appeal to readers who are curious about Ada's enduring importance in computing and the wider world.
Ada Lovelace Day
Ada Lovelace Day is an international day to celebrate the contributions of self-identifying women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and related fields. This day is celebrated on the second Tuesday in October. At Cornell we hold a yearly Edit-a-thon to update and create Wikipedia entries on women who have made significant contributions to the STEM fields.
Check out the official event website to learn more: Finding Ada.
While Wikipedia is the fifth most popular website in the world, notching up more than 32 million views a day, less than 18% of its English-language biographies are about women. So in honor of Ada Lovelace—and her contributions to mathematics and computing—we’ll work to add more entries to Wikipedia and give you the tools to keep making the Internet have more equal representation of all genders.
There is a Wikipedia Meetup page from our Inaugural event if you want more information!
Ada Lovelace Past Event 2020 Flyer
AIMS of Ada Lovelace Day
• to highlight the achievements, discoveries and inventions of women in STEM
• to create new role models for girls and women alike by telling the stories of women in STEM
• to encourage girls and women to study and work in the STEM fields by both inspiring them
and helping to develop their skills
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