York University celebrates Ada Lovelace with a Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Painting of Ada Lovelace
Ada Lovelace, English writer and mathematician (1815-52), daughter of Lord Byron and friend of Charles Babbage.

Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), took place this year on Oct. 8. Lovelace was a 19th-century English mathematician and writer who also happened to be the very first computer programmer. She wrote what were essentially computer programs for the analytical engine that computing pioneer Charles Babbage was designing but never actually created. Her contributions were largely overlooked – an issue that continues to exist for women in many fields, especially science.

York University is joining the global celebration of the legacy of Ada Lovelace with a Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Friday, Nov. 1, from 12 to 4 p.m. in Room 021 (Basement Lab), Steacie Science & Engineering Library. Enter by way of the library rather than the stairs at either end of the building.

The Wikipedia Edit-a-thon focuses on improving Wikipedia articles about women in STEM fields, as well as related fields such as nursing and medicine.

To learn more, visit researchguides.library.yorku.ca/ada.