Plaque to Ada Lovelace

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A FA­MOUS his­tor­i­cal fig­ure from Kirkby Mal­lory is to be hon­oured with a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque.

Ada Lovelace was a gifted math­e­ma­ti­cian who be­came the world’s first com­puter pro­gram­mer, and she was raised at Kirkby Hall.

Hinck­ley and Bos­worth Bor­ough Coun­cil is hold­ing an event in the By­ron Suite at Mal­lory Park Rac­ing Cir­cuit, where there will be a talk about Ada’s life and then the plaque will be un­veiled.

This will be fol­lowed by a visit to her me­mo­rial in the grounds of All Saints Church in Kirkby Mal­lory.

Mau­reen Cook, ex­ec­u­tive mem­ber for cul­ture at the bor­ough coun­cil, said: “I am re­ally pleased to see such a re­mark­able lady hon­oured in this way.

“Her achieve­ments and ded­i­ca­tion need to be recorded and the blue plaque is a fit­ting trib­ute.”

She was the daugh­ter of poet Lord By­ron and Lady Anne Is­abella Mil­banke By­ron, and worked with Charles Bab­bage on his An­a­lyt­i­cal Ma­chine, which she de­vel­oped to have ap­pli­ca­tions be­yond pure cal­cu­la­tion.

Ada was born in De­cem­ber 1815, the only le­git­i­mate child of Lord By­ron, although he sep­a­rated from her mother and left the coun­try the fol­low­ing year.

It was through her tu­tor May Som­merville that she met Charles Bab­bage in 1833, who showed her his pro­to­type Dif­fer­ence Ma­chine.

As some­one with a keen in­ter­est in the sci­ences, she be­came fas­ci­nated with the ma­chine and reg­u­larly came to see it, im­press­ing Bab­bage with her in­tel­le­gence.

Later she com­piled de­tailed notes to ex­plain Bab­bage’s pro­posed An­a­lyt­i­cal En­gine, propos­ing a cal­cu­la­tion method con­sid­ered to be the world’s first com­puter pro­gramme.

The event at Mal­lory Park Rac­ing Cir­cuit is hap­pen­ing on Ada Lovelace Day, Oc­to­ber 10, at 11am.

The plaque will be un­veilied at 12.30pm.

Lovelace al­ready has a blue plaque in St James’s Square in Lon­don.

For more in­for­ma­tion, or if you wish to at­tend the event, con­tact lind­say. or­ton@hinck­ley-bos­worth.gov.uk.

Count­ess Au­gusta Ada Lovelace (1815-1852), English math­e­ma­ti­cian and writer. The daugh­ter of Lord By­ron and friend of Charles Bab­bage, she de­vised the pro­gramme for Bab­bage’s an­a­lyt­i­cal en­gine

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