For Ada Lovelace Day we look at the women behind the myth, and ask if she is a true champion of female scientists.
The below blog was written by Rebekah Higgitt as part of the Board of Longitude project.
Ada, Byron’s daughter and Countess of Lovelace, has a tenuous link to the quest for longitude in as much as she is credited with writing the first ‘computer programme’ for Charles Babbage‘s Analytical engine, which, like his Difference engine, aimed to automate the production of numerical tables, reducing human error. In particular, he was thinking of astronomical tables produced for longitude determination – the Nautical Almanac that had attracted so much recent criticism. It was this that caught the interest of government.