Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was born on 10th December 1815, the only child of Lord Byron and his wife, Annabella. Born Augusta Ada Byron, but now known simply as Ada Lovelace, she wrote the world’s first computer programmes for the Analytical Engine, a general-purpose machine that Charles Babbage had invented.
Her historical contributions to thinking about how computational devices could be used are not just significant from a technological point of view, but because they serve as a reminder of the potential waste of talent created by a climate that may often deter women from making the contributions they could make.
The blog below describes an initiative that's been set up to promote awareness of great women technologists - by inviting at least 1000 people to write blogs on the same day (March 24th) about any inspiring female technologist they know.
I've signed the pledge to do this - I've committed myself here as well - and I'd like to invite others to sign up to the pledge too. All the details are in the blog above.