Ada Lovelace never made it to Texas, let alone to South By Southwest interactive, an annual festival of film, music, and interactive web technology, which has been taking place since 1992 in Austin, in the early spring. It's safe to say she never even heard of it.
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace lived from 1815-1852. She was the only daughter of the English Romantic poet Lord Byron, although she never met her father. Wikipedia describes her as, "an English writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognized as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine; as such she is often regarded as the world's first computer programmer." Babbage once referred to her as "the enchantress of numbers," and the U.S. Department of Defense named a computer language after her in 1980.
Last year, Suw Charman, a writer, blogger, and social software consultant from theRead More »from Ada Lovelace Day: Finding Ada at South by Southwest