The Bank of England is to ask the public to nominate a scientist as the face of the new plastic £50 note, with Ada Lovelace, the 19th-century mathematician known as the “grandmother of computing”, an early front runner alongside Stephen Hawking and Nobel prizewinner Dorothy Hodgkin.
Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, is buried next to her father in the St Mary Magdelene Church in Hucknall.
Born in 1815, Ada Lovelace met Charles Babbage at a party in her teens and was wowed by a demonstration of his mechanical calculator, the Engine. She worked closely with Babbage and foresaw how computers might process more than mere numbers, and one day perhaps create music. She is credited with publishing the world’s first computer program.
She died in 1852 aged 37.
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