Today is Ada Lovelace Day! Here at LITS we are excited to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) fields. Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), Lord Byron’s daughter and proto-coder extraordinaire, is the frontwoman for this day of recognition. Lovelace is considered one of the first computer programmers. She wrote extensively on the Analytical Engine, the design for a computer proposed by Charles Babbage, a professor at Cambridge. In her writings, Lovelace demonstrated a profound understanding of Babbage’s device and even theorized how future machines could use codes made of numbers, letters, and symbols. She also received credit for the idea of looping. Computers use looping today to repeat the same instructions for a program over and over again.
With Lovelace and her work in mind, today is the chance to share and discuss women we admire in STEM. The history of Ada Lovelace Day emerged from a study conducted by Penelope Lockwood about the importance of gender-matched role models in careers and academic study. You can read Lockwood’s study here.
Today’s the day to spread the word! You can follow Ada Lovelace Day 2013 on findingada.com or @FindingAda, contribute with #ALD13 on Twitter, post on Facebook, or share any way you’d like.We have to ask, who’s your STEM inspiration? Share with us below or on LITS’ Facebook or Twitter pages!