Today Is Ada Lovelace Day

“What’s that?” you might ask.

To quote the Finding Ada site, “Ada Lovelace Day is an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science.”

Ada Lovelace is an early nineteenth-century example of a hacker, and I don’t just mean in the sense of someone who enjoys working with computers but also in the sense of someone who enjoys tinkering with things, finding solutions, looking for perhaps unconventional workarounds to problems.

In that sense, she embodies the spirit of ProfHacker and deserves a little recognition today.

On her blog, Academic Sandbox, Julie has chosen to write about Bethany Nowviskie this year. Bethany, meanwhile, provides “a tribute to Leah Buechley.”

As for me, well, what follows is a partial list in alphabetical order of women whose work involving information technology and culture has been thought provoking (and often just downright helpful) to me over the last several years: Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Tonya Howe, Kari Kraus, Liz Lawley, Laura Mandell, Julie Meloni, Bethany Nowviskie, Elouise Oyzon, Susan Schreibman, Martha Nell Smith, Adrianne Wadewitz, Vika Zafrin, and Jill Walker Rettberg. There are more, of course, but I didn’t want to appear greedy.

Interested in learning more about Lovelace?

1. Listen to this 2008 episode on Ada Lovelace from Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time.

2. Explore this presentation created by Andra Keay (via):

3. Watch this short movie for kids from Brainpop.

Which women in technology and science would you want to recognize on Ada Lovelace day?

[Public domain image from Wikimedia Commons.]

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