mardi 1 septembre 2015

200th birthday of Ada Lovelace

2015  sees the 200th birthday of  Ada Lovelace, renowned for a prescient paper about the potential of Charles Babbage's unbuilt analytical engine.

Find out more or register for the symposium on 9/10 December at 

At the heart of our celebrations in Oxford is a display at the Bodleian Library, 13th October – 18th December, with Ada's exercise books, childhood letters, correspondence with Charles Babbage, a newly found daguerreotype, and a wonderful new archive discovery showing computational thinking in action – Lovelace, Babbage, magic squares and networks.

At our  Symposium on 9th and 10th December you can hear experts on Lovelace, Babbage, and computing and cultural history. A  birthday reception and dinner on 9th December  features a pre-dinner address by Lovelace's descendant  the Earl of Lytton, and an after dinner speech by philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley. A small number of funded places are available - see website for details.

We've also lined up  a wikipedia editathon and a 3-D printing hackathon, and Somerville College are celebrating Lovelace and Women in Science on 16th October.

For schools,  The National Museum of Computing  have a competition – write a letter to Ada ( ),  and there will be a special "Ada Lovelace" edition of the award winning schools magazine cs4fn from QMUL ( )

Further afield there will be a Lovelace exhibition at London's Science Museum; BBC4 have a new film about Ada Lovelace, at 9 pm on 17th September 
and Radio 4,  readings from Lovelace's letters at 11 am on 14 and 21 September

Professor Ursula Martin CBE
Professor of Computer Science
University of Oxford

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