Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day With 10 Of Tech’s Most Influential Women
Happy Ada Lovelace Day all you women in science and mathematics! If you don’t know who Ada Lovelace is, hie thee to Wikipedia, or this very interesting little bio I ran across today, or the Ada Lovelace Day blog.
The short version is that Ada’s mother, Lady Byron (once married to poet Lord Byron), was not all that fond of her ex-husband, and saw to it that Ada received an education in mathematics and music, “to counter dangerous poetic tendencies.” This led to her interest in things scientific, and she called herself “an Analyst (& Metaphysician).”
Charles Babbage was a fan, and Ada’s correspondence with him is well worth a read if scientific history is of interest to you. Her most famous work is a translation of an article on Babbage’s Analytical Engine. She added notes of her own to said article that amounted to one of the first computer programs.
This day is for celebrating the contributions of not only the Countess of Lovelace, but all women in mathematics and science. To that end, LAPTOP raises a glass to the following women (in no particular order). These trailblazers in science and technology have influenced not only much of the software, websites, gadgets, and gizmos we use every day, but the technological future we’re all racing toward:
- Susan Athey, professor of economics at Harvard University and chief economist at Microsoft
- Genevieve Bell, anthropologist and director of user experience in the Intel Digital Home Group
- Claire Boonstra, co-founder, SPRXMobile (the company behind Layar)
- Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch
- Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- Julieanne Kost, digital imaging evangelist for Adobe Systems
- Marissa Mayer, vice president of search products and user experience at Google
- Neri Oxman, presidential fellow at MIT Labs
- Chris Shipley, executive producer of the DEMO Conferences
- Padmasree Warrior, chief technology officer at Cisco
Are there any we missed? Tell us about the women in Math, Science, and Tech you admire in the comments below.