Ada Lovelace

mother of computing, Ada Lovelace courtesy of Wikipaedia

portait of Ada Lovelace

 

Ada Lovelace

October is Black History Month, but also the month for overlooked women such as Ada Lovelace mother of computing.  Lovelace worked with Babbage on developing the first computing machine.
Two years ago,in at the  Oxford, Bodlian Library there was a small exhibition.

The after dinner speech was given by “Steve” Dame Stephanie Shirley, the only woman whose painting hangs on the hallowed walls of Balliol College Oxford.

Dame Stephanie, as a philanthropist and role model, has made massive contributions to life in Britain, not just through her initial software company providing jobs for women, but most importantly the current work she does as Patron of Autistica and raising awareness about Autism.

Dame Stephanie Shirley

Dame Stephanie Shirley
first all woman software company

A refugee herself, from Nazi Germany, she has more than repaid back the country that took her in.
“I look at it purely in an humanitarian way. 10,000 unaccompanied children were welcomed in this country in 1938/39. We are now talking about 3,000 unaccompanied children in a much wealthier Britain. I can’t understand how people can turn away from the humanitarian issue, of children, unaccompanied, milling around in Europe trying to find a safe place and I do relate to that,” said Dame Stephanie Shirley.

 

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