• Tahuhu Korero

Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer

Updated: Aug 24, 2020

The below is a series of images referred to in the latest podcast entitled "Women in the Two Ages of Wonder: Episode 3 - Ada Lovelace". These are designed to be viewed while listening to the podcast. Feel free to head to our podcasts tab and enjoy the discussion while you view these images.

Timeline of events:

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Timeline for Ada Lovelace
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Portrait of Lady Caroline Lamb (1785-1828) by Sir Thomas Lawrence circa 1805

Portrait of Byron by Thomas Phillips, c. 1813

Anne Isabella Milbanke in 1812 by Charles Hayter

Lord Byron in Albanian dress by Thomas Phillips, 1813. Venizelos Mansion, Athens (the British Ambassador's residence).

Ada Byron at age seventeen (1832) – Author unknown

Mary Somerville (1780 – 1872)

John Napier’s original Tables of Logarithms - 1614

One of Charles Babbage’s drawings of the Difference Engine

The Analytical Engine

Sketch of the Analytical Engine Invented by Charles Babbage with notes by the translator Lady Lovelace


Byron, G.G. (1816) On Last Leaving England, https://www.bartleby.com/205/20.html

Fuegi, J., & Francis, J. (2003). Lovelace & Babbage and the creation of the 1843 'notes'. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 25(4), 16-26.

Hollings, C., Martin, U., & Rice, A. (2017). The Lovelace–De Morgan mathematical correspondence: A critical re-appraisal. Historia Mathematica, 44(3), 202-231.

Hollings, C., Martin, U., & Rice, A. (2017). The early mathematical education of Ada Lovelace. BSHM Bulletin: Journal of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, 32(3), 221-234.

Kim, E. E., & Toole, B. A. (1999). Ada and the first computer. Scientific American, 280(5), 76-81.

Menabrea, L. F., & Lovelace, A. (1842). Sketch of the analytical engine invented by Charles Babbage.

Toole, B. A. (1996). Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace, an analyst and metaphysician. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 18(3), 4-12.

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