Innovation is a word that gets thrown around the media a lot lately. Did you know that Britain is actually a country of innovators? With International Women’s Day just around the corner we thought we’d take a look into the past and remember one of our favorite females in STEM.
Ada Lovelace was an 1840’s woman. She was a revolutionary from a good family who was lucky to be taken as seriously as she was in her time. She used this platform to inspire women and young girls across the globe into going into science, technology, engineering and mathematical jobs. She was the first STEM pioneer.
Enchantress of numbers
She was a brilliant mathematician which in her lifetime would have been out of the ordinary but she was allowed privileges that would have been declined to most women living in the same era.
Lovelace is widely recognised for being the world’s first computer programmer. She wrote the world’s first machine algorithm for an early computer that existed only on paper in theory. This computer was dreamt up by Charles Babbage and called the ‘difference engine’ and it was designed to produce mathematical tables automatically and error-free. Babbage could not create the algorithm, but Lovelace could and so the two worked well together as a strategic partnership.
Lovelace was well ahead of her time. She predicted that machines would be able to manipulate anything – not just numbers.
Due to financial hardship and personal set backs the difference engine wasn’t built during Babbage or Lovelace’s life time. However when the machine was finally built from the original plans in 2000 it worked.
If research and development tax credits were around then, just think what Lovelace could have achieved, she continues to inspire girls and women all around the globe to pursue careers in STEM.
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