Daughter of the famous romantic poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was a child prodigy. Brilliant at maths, she read numbers like most people read words. Lady Byron wanted Ada to be as unlike her father as possible. Ada grew up surrounded by an army of tutors who taught her every subject every waking moment, except for poetry. In 1843 Ada came to the attention of Charles Babbage, a scientist and inventor who had just built a miraculous machine called the 'Difference Engine'. Ada and Mr Babbage started working together - a perfect partnership which led to the most important invention of the modern world: the computer! Part of The Great Victorians series - biographies for children aged 9 and up.
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Lucy Lethbridge is a freelance journalist and literary editor of The Tablet. She lives in Camden, London. She has written two other biographies in the WHO WAS series, Annie Oakley, Sharpshooter of the Wild West, and Ada Lovelace, Computer Wizard of Victorian England, which won the Blue Peter Book Award in 2002.More about Lucy Lethbridge