Lovelace Medal and Lecture

Ada Lovelace

Daughter of Lord Byron, Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace (10 December 1815 - 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician, scientist and writer. Today she is chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and created the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is often regarded as the first person to recognise the full potential of a "computing machine" and therefore the first computer programmer.

The Lovelace Medal was established by BCS in 1998 and is administered by the Awards Committee of the BCS Academy of Computing. The Medal is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the understanding or advancement of Computing. Find out more

The Lovelace Lecture is an annual lecture where the winner of the Lovelace Medal is given an opportunity to present a public lecture on their work.