Some people who have inspired our members
Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, mathematician, gambler and daughter of poet George Gordon, Lord Byron and his mathematics-loving wife Annabella Milbanke. She was a contemporary of Michael Faraday and other famous scientists and mathematicians of her day. She worked with Charles Babbage on his Analytical Engine. She created the first ever algorithm and worked on creating a mathematical model for making successful large bets.
Ada Lovelace Day is held every year on the second Tuesday of October. People often ask why Ada Lovelace Day is the day that it is. The explanation is rather mundane: the date is arbitrary, chosen in an attempt to make the day maximally convenient for the most number of people.
Ada was suggested by Senior Warden Martyn Wheatley who felt she had been ignored in the history of science.
This self-taught, instatiably curious man specialised in applied elctricity and created the first transformers and generators thanks to his work on induction. Without him much of the scientific instrumentation we know today would not have existed. It is why he holds such a prominant place on our coat of arms. To find out more check him out here.