Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day honoring both the patron saint of computer programmers and women in the sciences and engineering fields. Ada was the child of Lord Byron, although she never knew him all that well. She received an education in math and science (unusual for the time), and counted as a friend Charles Babbage. Her understanding of the possibilities of his Analytical Engine and subsequent work has led to her being considered the 1st computer programmer.

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