Ada Lovelace day is an opportunity to celebrate women in science, technology, engineering and maths, both historically and currently.
Ada is now widely believed to be the world’s first computer programmer due to her notes on the first algorithm carried out by a machine. However, at the time her work was largely overshadowed by her-well renowned friend and colleague Charles Babbage, who is credited with creating the world’s first computer.
Typically, in our collection we hold documents relating to Charles, but not on Ada. But a little searching on Discovery, our catalogue, reveals that we hold many documents relating to women in science, from some of the early pioneers in women’s medical schools to the nurse and statistician Florence Nightingale. Continue reading »