Ada Lovelace

Why? For thinking outside of the box and not conforming to cultural standards.. and most of all, cuz she started it all!!

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    Agreed. Her and Alan Turing are my Gods
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    She didn't start it all, that was rather Charles Babbage.

    However, Lovelace was exceptional - though as visionary rather than dev. More of a Steve Jobs than a John Carmack.
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    @Fast-Nop Wasn't there to witness all this (obviously), but looks to me she had significant role in how computer development and programming took off..

    "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."

    Taken from: https://biography.com/.amp/scholar/...
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    @sladuled Yeah, unlike Babbage, she realised the vast potential of the machine, but didn't actually do much programming.

    That's because on the visionary part, she was a century ahead of her time so that her ideas could not fall on fertile soil, and then she died young.

    I'm not even sure how we call that kind of job, but certainly not programmer. That's why I think of her more like of Steve Jobs with regards to the "big picture" kind of vision.
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