Ada Lovelace was one of the first computer programmers, in the mid 1800s. But you might be asking yourself – weren’t computers invented in the 1900s?! Even though electronic computers were not available during Ada’s lifetime, she helped pioneer the first modern computer science concepts.
As a child, Ada showed exceptional talent in mathematics and science. Eventually, her mentor Charles Babbage asked her to translate an article on his invention called the analytical engine, one of the first calculators. In her translation, she added her own commentary on the machine, which became some of the first computer instructions and concepts in history. Her instructions included many of the same ideas we use today – like variables and looping!
In the video below, learn more about how Ada began the computer science revolution as one of the first computer scientists!