Ada Lovelace, 1815, the female inventor of the modern day computer

Ada Lovelace was born in London on 20. December 1815. Although she looks like a flamboyant aristocrat, she was actually rather intelligent.

As a young child she was very interested in mathematics and had a talent for both language and numbers.

Studying Science and Maths was not very conventional at the time, Ada Lovelace’s mother believed that studying these subjects would prevent her from developing her father’s unfavourable traits, such as being overly emotional and volatile.

Ada never knew her father (the notorious romantic poet Lord Byron) who left when she was only a few weeks old, her mother brought her up by herself and encouraged her to study Science and Maths.

Before the turn of the 19th Century Ada Lovelace in known to have written instructions for the very first computer programme, pioneering computer language.

Ada studied mathematics along with a University of London professor, Augustus de Morgan and at the age of 17 met Charles Babbage, a famous mathematician, Cambridge professor and inventor.

Charles Babbage is known to be the ‘father of the computer.’ He invented something called the ‘difference engine’ which was a bit like a calculator, and was invented to perform mathematical calculations.

Pioneering computer technology and mechanics, the difference engine crunches numbers by addition, it does not require division or multiplication, which are more difficult to implement mechanically.

He also designed several ’analytical engines’ that were designed to implement not only multiplication, but also worked as a printing apparatus mechanically coupled with a calculating section, creating the first automatic calculating engine.

Babbage pioneered the roots for the first programmable computing engine, and when Ada was 28 she decided to not only translate an engineering article on Charles Babbage’s ‘Analytical Machines’, but write her own comments on the ‘Analytical Machine.’

It was here that Ada Lovelace decided to write her own comments on the machine, which were 3 times longer than Babbage’s notes and were published in 1843 in an English journal, where she came up with a programme known as ‘looping.’

Ada was the very first female to suggest that codes can be created for the ‘Analytical Machine’ to process not only numbers, but letters and symbols too. She invented a method known as ‘Looping’, where computers can repeat a series of instruction and which is still used in computers today.

She died in 1852 at the age of 37, and is buried at the St. Mary Magdalene church in Nottingham. Ada Lovelace unfortunately died quite young, whilst trying to invent a gambling machine, not very famous at all, her work was undiscovered until the early 1950’s and not recognised until the 1980’s.


‘Right now there is an unprecedented period of opportunity for digital pioneers…’

The Ada National College of Digital Skills was founded by Mark Smith and Tom Fogden and is situated in Tottenham, Broad lane, in the Great borough of London.

Digital technology, engineering and mechanics is at the forefront of the invention and innovation of cutting edge businesses today.

Mark Smith from the Ada National College of Digital Skills, has found that there is not enough tuition for digital skills and innovation in the Greater London area.

The two found a ‘mis-match’ between the digital skills students were learning at schools and the demands of the digital industry.

For this reason, Ada National College of Digital Skills was founded and is named after a pioneer in digital skills, Ada Lovelace.

Ada Lovelace is a famous lady, she pioneered computer language and methods that still inform computer programmes today.

Unfortunately she died quite young, whilst trying to invent a gambling machine and her work was undiscovered until the early 1950’s and was not acknowledged until the 1980’s.

Ada National College of Digital Skills was named after Ada Lovelace to reflect the College’s strong ethos of ‘ambition, hard work and resilience whichever way the dice falls…’ -Mark Smith.

‘…We want to remove the glass ceiling for women and individuals from low-income backgrounds…’

It is a specialist college which has been named after Lovelace, to reflect the work that the college does in creating opportunities for students who are keen to progress in these fields.

‘We are a specialist college teaching relevant skills to those inspired by digital change…’

The digital industry today is pioneering research, invention and innovation today and Ada National College of Digital Skills, inspires the students of today to become the digital pioneers of tomorrow.

The Ada National College of Digital Skills has been nominated for Digital Leaders 100 Digital Charity of the Year, and two of their students have been nominated for the ‘Young Digital leader of the Year!’

Ada National College of Digital Skills enables you to get up to speed with digital industry thinking but most significantly gives you access to teaching staff who have endless industry experience. It also offers you the opportunity to meet new people and build a network of professionals through a variety of business focused apprenticeships.

These apprenticeships provide links to a wide range of partners who are specifically looking for apprentices in these fields, fostering the potential of a strong career progression for you.

The college further offers personal development, with modules such as ‘character Development’ and ‘All About You’ to firstly nurture your independence in learning and secondly offer you the choice to steer your very own career path.

Please read article: ‘ADA National College for Digital Skills, Tottenham, Broad Lane’, for more information.


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