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Council celebrates the life of local heroine

Tuesday 8 October

 

Today marks Ada Lovelace Day, a worldwide event that celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

The daughter of Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace is buried alongside her father in St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Hucknall.

Ada is most famous for her work on Charles Babbage's mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and published the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a "computing machine" and one of the first computer programmers.

The Council has joined in today’s celebrations by flying an Ada Lovelace flag at the Council offices in Kirkby. Raised by Council Leader, Cllr Jason Zadrozny, the flag will be flown every year on Ada Lovelace Day.

To mark Ada’s links to Hucknall a plaque was also unveiled in front of the Half Moon pub. Attended by members of the Hucknall Historical Society and Hucknall Tourism & Regeneration Group, the plaque was unveiled by Cllr Jason Zadrozny, who said “Ada Lovelace is a great asset to Ashfield. The impact she had during her short life  was huge and she is still an inspiration to women and girls around the world.

“I am proud we are recognising the impact she has had on science, technology, engineering and maths and her links to Hucknall and Ashfield.”