Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace the first computer programmer has the second Tuesday in October as ‘Ada Lovelace Day‘, which has been celebrated since 2009. The next Ada Lovelace Day is 10 October 2017. For dates for next 100 years go here.

July 2016 at MEI conference Sue de Pomerai led a session on Ada. Her presentation is here.

An article from the Conversation about Ada Lovelace argues that more women are needed in computing. 

 Radio and TV programmes  Link and info Comment
Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing  TV – 1 hour (Hannah Fry)
August, September 2016
Clips available
Also more available
Great Lives: Konnie Huq on Ada Lovelace Radio – 30 minutes
September 2013
Download available
The Letters of Ada Lovelace Radio – 2 x 30 minutes Not currently available


The Science Museum now contains a Mathematics section in the Winton Gallery. The Power of Computers includes information about Ada. Left below shows photos of Babbage’s analytical engine; right shows a poster about STEM careers available here from Ada Lovelace Day website (there is much more of interest there too).

Recently her achievements were featured at an exhibition at the Science Museum in London finished 31 March 2016.

Biographical data and more pictures at the excellent Mac Tutor History of Mathematics siteFor the poster above go here. Resources for teachers also available.

A short article Mathematical winters: Ada Lovelace, 200 years on by Ursula Martin includes a daguerreotype of her and a page of her calculations as well as a short history.

For linked merchandise, books, other posters, stickers etc see Ada Lovelace merchandise and