The Calculator – Ada Lovelace

As I, Ada Lovelace, navigated the 19th century, my journey unfolded with a unique blend of curiosity and intellect. Born to the flamboyant poet Lord Byron and the mathematician Annabella Milbanke, my early years were marked by a quest for knowledge.
 My mother, determined to shield me from my father’s tumultuous reputation, steered my education towards mathematics and logic.
 Growing up in the intellectual circles of London, my fascination with machines and numbers flourished.
When introduced to Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, a groundbreaking invention of the time, my mind ignited with possibilities. Collaborating with Babbage, I translated an article by the Italian mathematician Luigi Federico Menabrea, adding extensive notes that surpassed the original work.
Those notes contained what later became known as the first published algorithm meant for implementation on a machine, making me the world’s first computer programmer.
 My vision extended beyond mere calculations; I envisioned the potential of machines to create art and music, demonstrating a foresight that surpassed the technological constraints of my era.
Though the Analytical Engine was never fully realized in my lifetime, my contributions laid the foundation for the future of computing.
 As the world catches up to the concepts I penned in the 1840s, I, Ada Lovelace, stand as a pioneer who saw the boundless potential of combining creativity with mathematics, leaving an indelible mark on the evolution of computing.


Although Ada Lovelace was English poet Lord George Gordon Byron’s only legitimate child, he was hardly an exemplary father. The first words he spoke to his newly born daughter were, “Oh! What an implement of torture have I acquired in you!” The marriage between the erratic, abusive and womanizing poet and Lovelace’s mother, Lady Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron, was brief and unhappy. Less than a month after the birth of their daughter, Lord Byron informed his wife of his intention to continue an affair with a stage actress and three days later wrote Lady Byron telling her to find a convenient day to leave their home. “The child will of course accompany you,” he added. Soon after, the poet left England and never saw his daughter again. He died when Lovelace was 8.
 “The Calculator – Ada Lovelace”
Acrylic on box canvas
 60cm x 80cm
 24” x 32”