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Ada Lovelace



Ada Lovelace, the Computer Countess
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 12
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.98

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    decision-maker, explanatory, latent, programmer, unfeminine, brilliance, gamblers, incurable, infallible, general-purpose, disposal, innate, striking, prevail, mathematics, mathematical
     content words:    Ada Lovelace, Anne Isabelle Milbanke, Lord Byron, Lady Byron, Charles Babbage, Difference Engine, Professor Babbage, William King, When Babbage, Analytical Engine
Ada Lovelace, the Computer Countess

By Colleen Messina
1     "My daughter will never be a poet!" was Lady Byron's thought when her daughter was born. The lady did not want her daughter to be like her father! It seems that Lady Byron's determination bore fruit. Her daughter, Ada, became the first computer programmer instead. However, it took years for the world to recognize her work.
 
2     Ada Lovelace was born in London, England, on December 10, 1815. Her parents, Anne Isabelle Milbanke, and the famous Romantic poet, Lord Byron, had a brief marriage. Lord Byron was handsome and brilliant, but also moody and intense. The couple was unhappy. They separated a month before Ada was born. He died when Ada was 8, and the girl never even met her father.
 
3     Lady Byron did her best to raise her daughter alone. Fortunately, she belonged to the upper circles of London society and could afford an education for Ada. Lady Byron decided that Ada would be tutored in mathematics and music to stifle any latent poetic tendencies. Little did she know that her daughter would be as brilliant as her father in a different field.
 
4     Striking, dark-haired Ada had a privileged childhood. She had lots of energy for her many activities. She enjoyed gymnastics, dancing, and horseback riding. She learned to play the violin, the harp, and the piano. In between these activities, she went to concerts and parties. She even met the queen of England! She loved to figure out how machines worked. Ada's innate brilliance became obvious when she designed a flying machine when she was just 13 years old.
 
5     Ada attended a lecture by Charles Babbage when she was 18. Babbage held the position of professor of mathematics at Cambridge. He had invented the Difference Engine, which was an elaborate calculating machine. Ada found herself fascinated by the man and his invention. Ada and Professor Babbage began writing back and forth about mathematics and logic. He became her lifelong friend, and she began to help him in his work.

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