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Google Doodle Celebrates 197th Birthday Of First Computer Programmer

By SiliconIndia  |   Monday, 10 December 2012, 07:33 Hrs
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Bangalore: Google celebrates 197th birthday of the first ever computer programmer, Ada Lovelace, with a doodle which displays the evolution of computers from analytical engines to tablet PCs.

Ada Lovelace wrote notes for Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. The notes, which is made in a methodic, code like language is what is recognized as the first ever algorithm intended to be processed by a machine.  Her notes proved keystone for the early history of computers.

Ada, whose real name was Augusta Ada Byron, was born to a poet and his wife. Her interest in mathematics dominated the majority of her adult life, which also opened her a chance to meet Charles Babbage, the father of computer. Impressed by Ada’s work, intellect and writing skills, he had described her "The Enchantress of Numbers".

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The Google Doodle displays Ada writing the notes in her desk with a quill pen on the paper stroll which is emerging as a Google logo.

Ada died at the age of 36, from uterine cancer. But before that, this pioneer foresaw the capability of computers to go beyond mere calculating or number-crunching abilities.

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