Remembering the world’s first hacker

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852)

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, named after the 19th century English writer and mathematician who worked on Charles Babbage’s analytical engine, a precursor of the digital computer. Lovelace’s writings on Babbage’s machine include a detailed description of a computational process, or algorithm, and the author is regarded as the world’s first computer programmer.

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815–1852)