Title: Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science: The First Computer Programmer
Author: Diane Stanley
Illustrator: Jessie Hartland
Ada Byron, daughter of poet Lord Byron, dreamed of being able to fly. She studied the anatomy of birds and designed wings. However, her imagination worried her mother who was concerned she would become too much like her father. Her mother decided to give her a world-class scientific education, but her imagination was not harmed in the least. Ava later met Charles Babbage who was working on a calculating machine and wanted Ava to work with him. Before Ava could start a profession, she was married to William, Earl of Lovelace, and she became Ava Lovelace. Years later, Ava and Babbage began working on the Analytical Machine, the first all-purpose digital computer. Ava needed to explain to people how the machine would be able to read the symbols and rules the user wanted it to. Ava’s demonstration on how to code the numbers became the first computer program ever published.