These notes contain what is considered the first computer program – that is, an algorithm encoded for processing by a machine. Ada's notes are important in the early history of computers. She also foresaw the capability of computers to go beyond mere calculating or number-crunching while others, including Babbage himself, focused only on these capabilities.
Friends aren't people you particularly like for any special reason. You just like people because they're your friends.
Rosamunde Pilcher, The Empty House
I read all about this yesterday - she's pretty amazing isn't she? From a broken home with a neglectful mother, didn't learn mathematics until she was 17, then she and her DH both had affairs after they married, then she died at 36 from uterine cancer.