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In a world of men for men and made by men there were a lucky few women who could stand up and be noticed In the early nineteenth century Lovelace Augusta Byron King Countess of Lovelace made her mark among the world of men that has influenced even todays world She was the Enchantress of Numbers and the Mother of Computer Programming The world of computers began with the futuristic knowledge of one Charles Babbage and one Lady Lovelace who appeared to know more about Babbages Analytical Engine than he himself knew At the time of Lovelaces discoveries women were only just beginning to take part in the scientific world and her love of mathematics drove her straight into the world of men Her upbringing her search for more knowledge her love of mathematics and her inherited writing abilities brought to life what we know today as computer programming or computer science Lovelace Augusta Byron was born to the famous British poet George Gordon Byron Lord Byron and Anne Isabella Milbanke on December 10 1815 Her parents marriage lasted the short time of one year and one month after Lovelace was born Lord Byron left From that point in time until her death Lovelaces life was governed by her domineering mother As a child Lovelaces tutors and governesses were all instructed to teach her the discipline of mathematics and music in such a way that Lovelace would never find the love of writing that her father possessed For fear that Lovelace would develop the same mood swings and torments that her father had Lovelace was not allowed to really read her fathers poetry There were claims that Annabella as her mother was called kept Lord Byrons poetry in a case that Lovelace could access at anytime She was even encouraged to read the poetry later on in life but the discipline as Annabella called it of mathematics had been instilled into Lovelace and her spark
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