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Happy Birthday, Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper!

Melody Kelly on Monday, 10 December 2012. Posted in Student Life

To celebrate Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper, Women in Computing hosted a birthday party in the Golisano Atrium. Free cake and information about these two influential women were provided to passing students and faculty members.


So, who were Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper?

Ada Lovelace was born in London on December 10, 1815 (Happy 197th Birthday, Ada!). Having a talent for mathematics, she earned the nickname, the Enchantress of Numbers. She is often considered to be the first computer programmer, as she wrote detailed notes about the use of an analytical engine for computing. She wrote the first algorithm with the intent for it to be processed by a machine; she also introduced the concept of repeating processes, or “looping,” using a computing engine. The programming language, Ada, is named after her. Also, Google’s doodle for today (December 10) honors Ada Lovelace!

Grace Hopper would’ve turned 106 years old yesterday, if she were still here today. She is sometimes known as “the mother of computers” for her significant contributions to the computing field. She developed the first compiler for a programming language and popularized the term “debugging” when working with computers. Grace Hopper used the term when she had to remove an actual moth from the computer.

Have a piece of cake in celebration of these two pioneers in computing!IMG_0401