Lady Lovelace and the Computer
Abigail Fillmore: Science, Medicine, Inventions and tech
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: One to three class periods
In 1834, while Millard Fillmore served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and Abigail and the two children lived in Washington, an English inventor named Charles Babbage designed what he called an analytical engine—in fact, the first effort to build a computer. It is unknown whether the Fillmores knew of this invention; perhaps they did. It is pretty clear, however, that even if they had known about it, they would not have thought it was of much importance. No one really did, except Lady Lovelace.
Biography of Lady Lovelace
Another Biography of Lady Lovelace
The Ada Picture Gallery
About Charles Babbage
About Lord Byron
History of computers
History of microcomputers
This lesson was adapted from a Discovery School lesson, and further developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.