Blue Plaque for world’s first computer programmer

Published Monday, 25 September 2017

A SPECIAL event is being planned to honour the achievements of the world's first computer programmer, who was brought up in Kirkby Mallory.

Ada Lovelace (1815 to 1852) was the daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron and Lady Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron, living at Kirkby Hall when she was a young girl. 

She was a gifted mathematician and is considered to be the first computer programmer following her work with Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine, a calculating machine which required a written program to carry out complex calculations.

In recognition of her achievements, the Borough Council will be holding an event in the Byron Suite at Mallory Park Racing Circuit on Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday 10 October at 11am. There will be an informative talk about Ada’s life, prior to the unveiling of a Blue Plaque at 12.30pm.

This will be followed by a visit to her memorial in the grounds of All Saints Church, Kirkby Mallory.

Executive Member for Culture at the Borough Council, Councillor Maureen Cook said: “I am really pleased to see such a remarkable lady honoured in this way. Her achievements and dedication need to be recorded and the blue plaque is a fitting tribute.”

On 8 July 1835 Ada married William, eighth Baron King, becoming Lady King. When he was made Earl of Lovelace and Viscount Ockham, she became Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace.

For more information, or to attend the event, please contact lindsay.orton@hinckley-bosworth.gov.uk