Ada, Countess of Lovelace: computer pioneer

13 October 2015 24 December 2015


Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (Map)


This display celebrates Byron’s daughter Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815–52), who wrote with remarkable foresight about the potential of Charles Babbage’s calculating machine, including what is often called the first computer programme. It is based on collections held in the Bodleian Library and the Oxford Museum of the History of Science. See Ada Lovelace’s childhood letters, correspondence with Charles Babbage and newly discovered mathematical notes and images.

Image: Ada Lovelace (engraving based on portrait by Alfred Edward Chalon, 1840s)
Opening times:
Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

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Admission free

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