Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of women in computing, actually caught my attention in Marshall Kirkpatrick’s ReadWriteWeb blog. He posts about how the celebration includes multitudes of bloggers promising to write about a woman in technology they admire on March 24th.
According to Wikipedia, Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815 – 1852) is considered one of the first computer programmers, because she wrote programs for Charles Babbage’s yet to be completed mechanical computer, the Analytical Engine. Her modern name has been abbreviated simply to Ada Lovelace.
An AdaLovelaceDay pledge asked for 1,000 people to post on a woman you admire in technology. At the end of the day, they were 20 people shy of doubling the request and the responses were wonderfully positive. Another site posted The Ada Lovelace Day Collection that currently lists over 1100 of the blog posts. Topics range from notes on local teachers, coworkers, and Moms, to women who toiled in World War II breaking code, scientists, and pilots. It is a fascinating history lesson about women in technology from authors all over the world.
If I had to pick one woman in technology I admire, it would be Hedy Lamarr, but then again, I had not heard of Ada Lovelace before yesterday. Thirteen of the blogs cover the beautiful actress Hedy Lamarr, who holds a patent with George Antheil for a frequency-switching system for torpedo guidance. Wikipedia explains, the system “serves as a basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology, such as COFDM used in WiFi network connections and CDMA used in some cordless and wireless telephones.”
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