Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, née Byron.
- She was the only legitimate child of Lord Byron. She survived. That would be badass enough for a post, but there’s more!
- She learned Mathematics from her mother, despite being ill for most of her childhood. That would be badass enough, considering it was the early Nineteenth Century, but there’s more!
- She tried to elope with her tutor. That would be enough… but there’s more!
- She wrote the first computer program. This would be enough to be called badass, but there’s more: she did it before computers were invented. There was only the idea (by Charles Babbage, who was quite smitten with her and called her “the Enchantress of Numbers”) of the Analytical Engine, but it was never put in practice.
- There’s even more: she was the first person to think that machines could do more than mere calculations.
- And she did all this in 36 years, finding also the time to have a husband and three children.
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