At age 17, Ada was introduced to the concept of Charles Babbage's machines at a dinner hosted by another remarkable woman, Mary Somerville. Ada's interest was thoroughly piqued, but it wasn't until 10 years later that Ada acted on her curiosity about the computers-to-be.
Babbage published his findings in 1841 at a seminar in Turin, Italy. An Italian then wrote a summary of the findings in French, and in 1843, Ada translated that article. By then a wife to the Earl of Lovelace and mother of three, she sent Babbage the translated report with her own notes — three times the length of the original article.