Who receives the award?

Established in 1998, the Lovelace Medal is awarded for outstanding contribution to the understanding and advancement of computing.

Previous winners include worldwide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Linux creator Linus Torvalds, and information retrieval pioneer Karen Spärck Jones.

2020 Lovelace Lecture

Title to be announced

Professor Marta Kwiatkowska FRS MAE, Professor of Computing Systems and Fellow of Trinity College, University of Oxford, will lead the 2020 Lovelace Lecture.

Date: Tuesday 24 March 2020
Venue: The Royal Society, London

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About Ada Lovelace

Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace (1815-1852) was the daughter of the poet, Lord Byron, and an accomplished mathematician, scientist and writer.

Today she’s chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine.

Ada 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’s regarded by many as the first computer programmer.