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Ada, Lady Lovelace, Born
Augusta Ada King, Lady Lovelace

December 10, 1815

Ada, Lady Lovelace, Born

Augusta Ada King, Lady Lovelace, is born. Her father was Lord Byron, the famous poet. She was educated by private tutors including advanced study in mathematics being provided by the famous mathematician Augustus De Morgan. Ada worked with Charles Babbage writing extensive comments on his Difference Engine and Analytical Engine, and programming for the last one. She died on November 27, 1852.

A century later, in the 1970s, the computer language ADA was developed and named after Ada, Lady Lovelace. Based on the language PASCAL, ADA is a general-purpose language designed to be readable and easily maintained.