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Ada LoveLace Day!

Published: 13:55 BST, 9 October 2018 | Updated: 13:55 BST, 9 October 2018

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The 19th century mathematician and computer programming pioneer Ada Lovelace is celebrated every year at the start of October on Ada Lovelace Day.

The day was established to celebrate the life and significance of Lovelace, who is described as the ‘first computer programmer’ for her notes on the Analytical Engine, and to use her life and achievements to inspire more women to pursue scientific careers.

Here is all you need to know about Ada Lovelace Day including when is it, what is it and who was the 19th century mathematician.

The 19th century mathematician and computer programming pioneer Ada Lovelace is celebrated every year at the start of October on Ada Lovelace Day

When is Ada Lovelace Day?

Ada Lovelace Day 2018 is on Tuesday, October 9.

What is it?

Founded in 2009 by technologist and journalist Suw Charman-Anderson, Ada Lovelace Day is held every year on the second Tuesday of October and is ‘an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).’

Its mission is to increase the presence and roles of women in STEM, thus creating new role models to encourage the next generation of girls to pursue STEM careers and support women who already work in STEM.

Along with a flagship Ada Lovelace Day Live! session in London, there are many grassroot events happening around the world ranging from conferences to pub quizzes.

Today for #AdaLovelaceDay, a day to celebrate women in #STEM and their contributions, we would like to acknowledge the amazing women who worked at Bletchley Park during WW2 - making up over 3/4 of the workforce.Pictures from Hut 11A: The Bombe Breakthrough pic.twitter.com/AeN25Lfnn3— Bletchley Park (@bletchleypark) October 9, 2018 Who was Ada Lovelace?

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