First Computer Program

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"The first "computer program" was designed by a famous poet's daughter in 1843."

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First Computer Program

The first "computer program" was designed by a famous poet's daughter in 1843.

Ada Byron Lovelace, daughter of famous poet Lord Byron, published a paper in 1843 that predicted the development of computer software, artificial intelligence, and computer music. In 1834, Ada heard of Charles Babbage’s ideas for a new calculating engine – the Analytical Engine. After translating an Italian’s summary of the engine, Babbage suggested to Ada that she add her own notes. Her notes turned out to be three times as long as the original article! Ada suggested to Babbage a plan for calculating Bernoulli numbers with the Analytical Engine. This plan is now regarded as the first “computer program.”  Although the computers that we use now were not invented until the late 1900s, Babbage was in the midst of  working on his computer design weighing about 15 tons! Lovelace and Babbage worked together to create the first computer and computer program. Now, the programming language "Ada", which is the official programming language of the United States military, was named after Ms. Lovelace, and the military standard for the language, "MIL-STD-1815" was given the number of the year of  Ada Lovelace's birth.  

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