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Why is Ada Lovelace considered the first computer programmer?

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852), born Augusta Ada Byron and now commonly known as Ada Lovelace, was an English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine (the first real working computer--never actually built). Her notes on the engine include what is recognized as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine; because of this, she is often considered the world's first computer programmer.*

    For a REALLY great "what-if" science-fiction story about the Babbage (or Analytical) Engine read:

    In the Country of the Blind by Michael Flynn....

    Source(s): * copy and pasted from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Lovelace
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