In the autumn of 1843, a hundred years before the first modern computers, the Countess of Lovelace, Augusta Ada King had published the first mechanical instructions for the computing machine in Taylor’s Scientific Memoirs. This machine was developed by the mathematician Charles Babbage. Babbage, also known as the father of the computer, was Ada Lovelace's mentor. Ada, encouraged by the father of the computer, suddenly came up with instructions on her own. Ada’s instructions would play a crucial role in calculating the Numbers of Bernoulli, which would eventually generate the first Analytical Engine.
Ada Lovelace was born on December 10, 1815, as Augusta Ada Byron. She was the only child of the marriage between the infamous poet Lord George Gordon Byron and mathematician Lady Anne Isabella Milbanke. The marriage was not a happy one, and the two separated when Ada was just a few weeks old. A few weeks after the divorce, Lord Byron left England for Greece and died when Ada was eight years old.
Even though growing up with a single parent was not easy during the 19th century, Ada had received an unusual special education. Ada’s mother was a mathematician herself, and Ada was naturally taught mathematics and science at her mother’s insistence. These subjects were not common for women at the time. Her mother taught that these studies would prevent Lovelace to evolve her father’s moody temperament. Ada was also compelled to lie for extended periods because her mother believed it would help her develop self-control.