Ada Lovelace, known to many as the mother of programming and the first software engineer is to have her letters read on BBC Radio 4. These letters will not only detail information between herself and Charles Babbage about his Analytical Engine but also give insight in to who she was as a person.
Until reading this article I had no idea that she suffered from mental illnesses and my view of her ambition was completely underrated. Speculation over her influence in computing seems to be a bit controversial but she is without a doubt a positive role model to software engineers.
The Analytical Engine has no pretensions whatever to originate anything. It can do whatever we know how to order it to perform…But it is likely to exert an indirect and reciprocal influence on science itself.