History books aren't often filled with the accomplishments of women, unfortunately. So you might not have known that the world's first computer programmer was a woman — or that her name was Ada Lovelace. As an influential proponent and contributor to Charles Babbage's trailblazing number-crunching machines, you owe more to this tech pioneer than you might think.
Dec. 10 not only marks her birthday, but the week surrounding the date is also known as Computer Science Education Week, which promotes the Hour of Code campaign in Ada's honor. Get to know the "enchantress of numbers," otherwise known as Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, in our roundup of six things you didn't (but need to) know about the female computer whiz.