Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace (per Wikipedia) “is today appreciated as the ‘first programmer’ since she was writing programs-that is, manipulating symbols according to rules-for a machine that Babbage had not yet built. She also foresaw the capability of computers to go beyond mere calculating or number-crunching while others, including Babbage himself, focused only on these capabilities.”  Wikipedia goes on to explain:

“During a nine-month period in 1842–43, Lovelace translated Italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea‘s memoir on Babbage’s newest proposed machine, the Analytical Engine. With the article, she appended a set of notes. The notes are longer than the memoir itself and include (Section G) in complete detail a method for calculating Bernoulli numbers with the Engine, recognized by historians as the world’s first computer program.”

I first became aware of Ada Lovelace while in the Navy.  The Department of Defense computer program “Ada” was named for her.  Ada Lovelace Day, March 24th, was created by Suw Charman-Anderson to “to draw attention to women excelling in technology” by having everyone publish a post on this day about a woman in technology she or he admires.

I certainly have some fantastic role models in my PLE, so thought I would highlight them:

Laura Blankenship

danah boyd

Martha Burtis

Kim Cofino

Vicki Davis

Gabriela Grosseck

Jane Hart

Gayla Keesee

Jennifer Jones

Michele Martin

Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Sarah Robbins

Barbara Sawhill

Elaine Talbert

Sue Waters

Then again, being surrounded by women who excell at technology is old hat with me.  My twin daughters grew up digital and continue to this day to use technology.  Melissa Frail is at MathWorks and Stephanie Watwood works out of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.  Ada would have been proud of them…and all the women listed above.  They all will serve as wonderful role models for my two granddaughters, Molly and Marin.

6 comments to Ada Lovelace Day

  1. Sue Waters says:

    Thanks Britt for your kinds words as always. As a role model does that mean we also have baby sitting duties?

  2. Britt says:

    Only if you desire….but for some strange reason now that I am a grandpa, I love baby sitting (at least my own…)

  3. How cool! Thanks for recognizing great women and for including me in such an impressive list.

  4. Kim Cofino says:

    Thank you so much for including me in your list Britt! I’m so flattered to find myself among so many amazing women I truly admire!

  5. Thank you Britt for including me as a 2.0 colleague with such inspiring women for all of us!

  6. Gayla Keesee says:

    I inadvertently found your blog post today when I was playing around with 123people and searching for ways my name came up on the Internet. Wow! Thanks for including me in your list. It was great meeting you the first part of May.

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