Who is the first computer programmer?

The first computer programmer is Ada Lovelace, born in the year 1815, daughter of the poet Lord Byron. At a young age she took interest on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, who is considered the father of computer. But unlike today’s programming languages that can create websites, desktop applications, and your favorite PlayStation games, the first “software” was in form of notes. Only over a hundred years after the writing was the algorithm used to compute the Bernoulli numbers.

Too complex? Let’s try again.

Over one hundred years after Lady Ada Lovelace’s passing, the notes she left about Babbage’s Analytical Engine were republished, which perfectly fit what we describe now as a computer (Babbage’s engine) and a software (Lovelace’s notes).

These people are really centuries ahead of their time!

photo by bruno barral

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