Ada LovelaceAda lovelace was an English mathematician and writer, known for her work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine. 

In 1843, Ada translated and annotated an article on Babbage’s analytical engine that had been written by Italian engineer Luigi Federico Menabrea for a Swiss journal. Her notes ended up being three times longer than the original article.

In her notes, Ada described how codes could be created for the device to handle letters and symbols along with numbers. She also theorized a method for the engine to repeat a series of instructions, a process known as looping that computer programs use today. Ada also offered up other forward-thinking concepts in the article. For her work, Ada is often considered to be the first computer programmer.

The early programming language Ada was named for her, and the second Tuesday in October has become Ada Lovelace Day, on which the contributions of women to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are honoured.

Below we look at some of Ada Lovelace’s most inspirational quotes:

“The more I study, the more insatiable do I feel my genius for it to be.”

“I must tell you what my opinion of my own mind and powers is exactly…I believe myself to possess a most singular combination of qualities exactly fitted to make me preeminently a discoverer of the hidden realities of nature.”

“The intellectual, the moral, the religious seem to me all naturally bound up and interlinked together in one great and harmonious whole.”

“I am more than ever now the bride of science. Religion to me is science, and science is religion.”

“I can throw rays from every quarter of the universe into one vast focus… My course is so clear and obvious that it is delightful to think how straight it is.”

“There is too much tendency to making separate and independent bundles of both the physical and the moral facts of the universe. Whereas, all and everything is naturally related and interconnected.”

“I am much pleased to find how well I stand work, & how my powers of attention & continued effort increase. I am never so happy as when I am really engaged in good earnest; & it makes me most wonderfully cheery & merry at other times which is curious & very satisfactory.”

“That brain of mine is something more than merely mortal; as time will show.”

“I believe myself to possess a most singular combination of qualities exactly fitted to make me pre-eminently a discoverer of the hidden realities of nature.”