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Augusta Ada King Byron. Computer algorithm
Augusta Ada King Byron, Countess of Lovelace (1815 – 1852)
A friend of the Countess of Lovelace the English mathematician Charles Babbage described the analytical engine capable of making calculations with 20 digits of precision. In 1840 he gave a lecture on his engine at the University of Turin. The lecture was then published in French. Ada Lovelace translated it into English, adding 52 pages of her own notes, where she described the algorithm for calculating a sequence of Bernoulli numbers with Babbage’s engine. The work was published under the initials “A.A.L.” and only in 1953 it was republished under the name of Ada Lovelace. Babbage’s engine was then recognized as a prototype for the modern computer and the notes of the Countess of Lovelace were acknowledged as the world's first computer programme. Ada Lovelace also prognosticated that in the future analytical engines would be able to solve problems of any complexity, including composing music and drawing pictures.