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Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

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British mathematician Augusta Ada Byron, who after marriage became Countess of Lovelace and was better known simply as Ada Lovelace, was born in London on December 10, 1815. Check out 10 surprising facts about the pioneering woman often cited as the world’s first computer programmer.

1. Lord Byron was her father. Although Ada Lovelace was English poet Lord George Gordon Byron’s only legitimate child, he was hardly an exemplary father. The first words he spoke to his newly born daughter were, “Oh! What an implement of torture have I acquired in you!” The marriage between the erratic, abusive and womanizing poet and Lovelace’s mother, Lady Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron, was brief and unhappy. According to the new book “Lady Byron and Her Daughters” by Julia Markus, less than a month after the birth of their daughter, Lord Byron informed his wife of his intention to continue an affair with a stage actress and three days later wrote Lady Byron telling her to find a convenient day to leave…