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The scientific life of Ada Lovelace

A talk for Ada Lovelace Day 2019 by Professor Ursula Martin

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for Ada Lovelace Day 2019 at the University of Edinburgh is Professor Ursula Martin CBE FREng FRSE DSc.

This evening talk is a free event and part of a whole day of activities celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Date, time and location

  • Tuesday 8th October 2019
  • 17:45 – 20:00 BST
  • Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street, Edinburgh EH8 9AB

Book your free place now

Professor Ursula Martin Eventbrite event listing

Ada Lovelace

Ada, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) is best known for a remarkable article about Babbage’s unbuilt computer, the Analytical Engine, which not only presented the first documented computer program, but also, going well beyond Babbage’s ideas of computers as manipulating numbers, outlined their creative possibilities and the limits of what they could do.

The comprehensive archive of Lovelace’s papers preserved in Oxford’s Bodleian Library displays Lovelace’s wide scientific interests, and her grasp of the potential of mathematics as a uniting link between the material and symbolic worlds.

In this talk we start to explore Lovelace, her background, her scientific ideas and her contemporary legacy, and reflective more broadly on the role of history of computing in present day thinking about the discipline.

Professor Ursula Martin

Professor Ursula Martin CBE FREng FRSE DSc is Professor of Computer Science at the University of Edinburgh, and a Visiting Professor in Mathematics at the University of Oxford. After a career in research and research leadership spanning many aspects of computing and mathematics, she now works on the context, long term development and impact of fundamental ideas in computer science

Programme for the event

  • 5.45pm – 6pm: Arrive at the venue
  • 6pm – 6.45pm: The scientific life of Ada Lovelace – talk by Professor Ursula Martin
  • 6.45pm-7pm: Audience Q&A
  • 7pm – 8pm: Drinks and nibbles reception
  • 8pm: Event close
Photo of people chatting at Ada Lovelace Day 2018 evening event at King’s Buildings campus.

ALD 2019 – Save The Date

We’re less than three months away from Ada Lovelace Day 2019, which is happening on Tuesday 8th October this year.

Pop it in your calendar now and we’ll announce further details about the University’s plans on this website shortly. Once again we have provisional plans for both daytime and evening activities, so we should have at least one event you can hopefully attend.

Find out more on the official Ada Lovelace Day website – http://findingada.com

STEM icon

Nominate a STEM heroine

A regular activity for Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) at the University of Edinburgh is the Wikipedia editing event or editathon. This year the focus is contemporary women in STEM who do not currently have Wikipedia pages.

Who is your STEM heroine?

Nominate your contemporary STEM heroine for consideration at the Wikipedia editathon Tuesday 9th October. Please note the deadline for submissions is Monday 3rd September.

Submit your STEM heroine nomination (Google Form)

Previous editathons

Review the Wikipedia articles improved and created at previous ALD editathons:

ALD Wikipedia editathon 2017

ALD Wikipedia editathon 2016

ALD Wikipedia editathon 2015

Image credits

Public Domain ‘STEM‘ icon designed by United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on the Noun Project.

ALD17 Photos

Flickr [CC BY-SA]

There are 20+ high-resolution photos capturing the guest speakers from the morning and the afternoon STEAM activities. All images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

ALD17

Instagram

The Interactive Content team has posted a number of exclusive images on their Instagram account. Tap on any of the hashtags in this post to see similar photos from around the world!

Storify

Ewan McAndrew, The University of Edinburgh’s Wikimedian in Residence, has kindly curated a selection of Tweets from the day into the following Storify stream.

Mary Somerville Illustration

Today is Ada Lovelace Day 2017! To celebrate Women in STEM we are releasing a Mary Somerville adult colouring-in illustration created by Interactive Content team member Jackie Aim ✒️)

Mary Somerville was a mathematics tutor to Ada Lovelace and this artwork is titled ‘Mechanism of the Heavens’ after her 1830 publication on celestial mechanics.

Download your free Creative Commons licenced (CC BY-SA) print:

Read more about Jackie’s creative process 👉 http://bit.ly/mary-somerville

ALD 2017 – Save The Date

It’s less than 5 months until Ada Lovelace Day 2017, which is happening on Tuesday 10th October this year.

Be sure to put it in your calendar now, full details about the University’s plans will be announced nearer the time.

If you have any comments on our 2 previous events, or suggestions for this year please get in touch via the comments section below. Alternatively feel free to email me directly.

Find out more on the official Ada Lovelace Day website – http://findingada.com

Grace Hopper Colouring In

Our Ada Lovelace colouring in illustration released for Ada Lovelace Day 2015 was so popular that we thought we should follow it up for Ada Lovelace Day 2016 with a new one on in the series. This year saw us launch a new University media service – Media Hopper – named for Rear Admiral Grace Hopper and so we thought it appropriate to feature her. Grace Hopper is famous as the inventor of COBOL and often credited with making the term ‘debugging’ more popular after the removal of an actual bug (moth) from a Harvard Mark II computer. Download, print and go wild with your colouring pens!

grace_geometric_a3.pdf

 

Booking for is now open

Booking for Ada Lovelace Day 2016 is now live – please feel free to pass on details to people you feel maybe interested in coming along.

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Ada Lovelace, “The Enchantress of Numbers”, in 1852.

On Tuesday 11th October 2016, in Room 1.12 of the University Main Library, we will again be running a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2016, an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Beginning at 10am with a range of guest speakers in the morning, this will be followed by fun technology activities from 11am to 1pm (Metadata games, BBC Microbit, Sonic Pi, Lego calculators/adders).

Full Wikipedia editing training will be given at 1-2pm. Thereafter the afternoon’s editathon from 2-5pm will focus on improving the quality of Wikipedia articles related to Women in STEM!

The event page can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/2cGapkn

For booking purposes, the day is split in two parts: talks & technology activities in the morning and the Women in STEM Wikipedia editathon in the afternoon.

You can attend both morning and afternoon sessions or just one.

Time for lunch? The fun technology activities from 11am to 1pm can be dropped in and out of and there is the Library Cafe downstairs where you can get refreshments and a bite to eat.

Not a student or staff member of the university? You can book tickets through Eventbrite.

Suggestions for notable Women in STEM who could & should be represented on Wikipedia?

Feel free to suggest name of notable women we could include as part of this day of celebration. Email me at ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk

Hope to see you there!