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Origins Of The Name ‘Lovelace’, ‘Ada Lovelace’ Considered The First Computer Programmer.

by Anura Guruge

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I was on Facebook discussion this morning about female programmers when I brought the name ‘Ada Lovelace‘. Somebody commented on how it sounded like a name that Donald Trump might have paid hush money to. He had a point. ‘LOVELACE’. Got me thinking, which then led to, of course, some intense Googling.

Wow! Intriguing. So, there are two competing theories as to the origins of the name (as you can clearly see above): lawless and ‘short on love’. I go with the forner.

I did not know that Ada was Lord Byron’s legitimate daughter and was born Ada Byron.

The Lovelace came from her marriage, but not initially. Her husband, to begin with, was William, 8th Baron King. He was later made Earl of Lovelace — Ada a descendent of the then extinct Barons Lovelace. What a story. Kind of sad also. She died from uterine cancer, aged 36. Same age her father had died.

Well, it definitely was worth looking into. I learned so much.

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by Anura Guruge

Scottish Robert Louis Stevenson, Who Wrote “Treasure Island”, Was Born This Day, 167-Years Ago; November 13, 1850.

by Anura Guruge

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Given my anglophilic upbringing, Robert Louis Stevenson was one of the many British authors, alongside the likes of Enid Blyton, Captain W. E. Johns (who wrote the ‘Biggles‘ books), Richmal Crompton (of the ‘William’ series) and Sir Walter Scott, I was familiar with at a fairly early age — even though I was living in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) at the time. I remember having had to read — and then summarize each chapter in 5 sentences — ‘Treasure Island’ when I was about 12. I think I read it multiple times — in that I was so taken by it.

I did NOT know his whole life story until just now — as I was researching this. Fascinating. Worthy of a book in its own right.

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by Anura Guruge