Happy Ada Lovelace Day

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Yes, I’ve managed to survive grant-writing season, hurrah!  (Now we just wait for 8 months to see if funding will be forthcoming.)  I should be getting back to cooking soon.

In the meantime, here is a diversion for you: some of my favourite posts from Ada Lovelace Day (yesterday, 24th of March).

Jean Bartik, ENIAC programmer

Valerie Aurora, Linux kernal programmer

Hedy Lamarr(!), co-inventor of spread spectrum frequency hopping

Mary Somerville and Agnes Clarke, interpreters and communicators of science

Enid Mumford, sociotechnologist

Addison Berry, Drupal developer and mobilizer

Jane McGonigal, game designer and futurist

Karen Spärk Jones, computational linguist

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) wrote the first computer programs, for Charles Babbage’s analytical engine. And Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate women in technology. You can track down loads of other ALD posts via Technorati or the Ada Lovelace Day Collection – many of them are worth a read.

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