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    Updated on Sep 28, 2020. Posted on Sep 28, 2020

    How Much Do You Really Know About Ada Lovelace?

    As Cardinal Stage prepares to celebrate international Ada Lovelace Day in Bloomington, Indiana on October 14th, we challenge you to test your Ada Lovelace knowledge

    1. Ada’s father was a famous poet, who was he?

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      Lord Byron

      Ada is the only legitimate daughter of Lord Byron, a famous romantic poet and politician.

    2. From a very young age, Ada was tutored in mathematics and science, an unusual education for a girl of her time. Why was she taught these fields?

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      Poet Father

      Ada's parents did not have a happy marriage, her father leaving behind his family and having several partners. To make sure that Ada did not take after her father's wild behavior and romantic thinking, Lady Byron raised Ada on logic and reasoning.

    3. When Ada was younger, she was tutored by Augustus De Morgan in advanced mathematics. What was Morgan also known for?

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      The first mathematics professor at the University of London

      Being an atheist, Morgan refused to take the theological test needed to gain fellowship at his alma mater, the University of Cambridge. Instead, Morgan and several liberal-minded men founded the University of London to be a secular institution. He took the role of mathematics professor.

    4. Although her most famous work is her contribution to the Analytical Engine, Ada conceptualized another machine at the age of 12. What was it?

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      A flying machine

      Ada studied the anatomy of birds in order to design a steam engine flying apparatus. Her design consisted of large wings attached to a horse structure, big enough for someone to sit on its back.

    5. What was the nickname Charles Babbage gave Ada?

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      Lady Fairy

      Babbage affectionally called her this due to her early interest in creating a flying machine. He also called her "The Enchantress of Numbers" in one of the many letters they sent in between them.

    6. What was Ada known for later in life?

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      Gambling Mathematical Model

      Ada was a compulsive gambler, once losing as much as £3,200 betting on the wrong horse at the Epsom Derby. Along with Babbage, Ada attempted to create a mathematical program to predict winning horses for horse races.

    7. Who read poetry to Ada on her deathbed?

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      Charles Dickens

      Ada met Dickens through Charles Babbage, attending several dinners at the author's home. In 1852, Dickens came to read to Ada, who was bedridden due to uterine cancer. He read from "Dombey and Son", his 1848 novel. Ada Lovelace died two months later.

    8. What was named after Ada in the 1970s?

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      A computer language by the Department of Defense

      In the 1979, the naming of a new military computer language after Ada was unanimously approved by the Department of Defense. "Ada" is still used today, being operated in fields such as aviation, healthcare, transportation, and space industries.

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