World's First Programmer, Ada Lovelace, Gets A Google Logo

Dec 10, 2012 • 8:30 am | comments (3) by | Filed Under Logos

Today is the birthday of Ada Lovelace, the world's first programmer. It is the 197th birthday, she was born on December 10, 1815 in London. In 1842, she wrote the algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. It was specifically an algorithm describing the analytical engine to compute Bernoulli numbers.

To celebrate her contributions to the world, Google has a special logo for the day:

Ada Lovelace Google Logo

She died at the young age of 36 on November 27, 1852 in London as well. She died from uterine cancer.

Her children include:

  • Byron King-Noel, Viscount Ockham and 12th Baron Wentworth
  • Anne Blunt, 15th Baroness Wentworth
  • Ralph King-Milbanke, 2nd Earl of Lovelace

The Google logo, aka Doodle, shows her writing the algorithm and how it lead to the birth of computers and the internet as we know it today.

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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