Ada Augusta (1816-52), Countess of Lovelace and daughter of the poet George Byron, was a mathematician who began to assist computer pioneer Charles Babbage after translating Menabrea's work on Babbage's Analytic Engine. "Her software runs on his hardware to this day" - Sadie Plant, "Weaving Women and Cybernetics", in Body & Society Vol 1, Nos 3-4, November 1995, p53. Plant adds that at Babbage's suggestion, Ada later provided footnotes on Menabrea's work which were so detailed that they were three times as long as the text itself.

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