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October 14 is Ada Lovelace Day

Oct 14, 2014

October 14 is Ada Lovelace DayAda Lovelace Day celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

19th century mathematician Ada Lovelace is often called the first computer programmer – even though the first computer wasn't built until after her death. Lovelace worked closely with Charles Babbage, who designed a mechanical computer known as the Analytical Engine but was never able to build it. She worked out how the Engine could be used to calculate a mathematical sequence called the Bernoulli numbers – the first time anyone had designed instructions for a computer rather than a person.

Ada Lovelace Day recognizes her scientific achievements, and those of women around the world. It's being celebrated with a live event at the Royal Institution, and performances from last year's event are available to watch for free online.

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