Charles Babbage & Ada Lovelace – 1837
Ada Lovelace born in 1815, studied mathematics and science in detail as wished by her mother so that she would avoid her father, Lord Byron’s passion and insanity for poetry. In 1843, while reading ‘Sketch of an Analytical Engine’ by Luigi Menabrea, she added notes, almost 2 ½ times the length of the book. At the age of 27, she had written the first paper on computer programming.
Charles Babbage born 1791, also studied mathematics & science at Cambridge University where he later became a mathematics professor in 1828. Babbage made the designs for the computer programme after reading Ada’s paper. However, these were left aside, and Charles never completed the invention. In 1910 his son, Henry Babbage however, was able to complete a portion of the machine that could produce simple calculations.
Charles and Ada met in 1833 and became good friends with their mathematical and scientific intelligence in common. Charles & Ada are considered the ‘mother & father’ of the computer and are responsible for the mass industry that we have built around technology.