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Written by Matteo Farinella, Nadja Oertelt, Anastasia Gorelova, Yewande Pearse, Arianna Soldati, Ashley Marranzino, Berly McCoy, Brittney Borowiec, Christa Trexler, Farah Qaiser, Jack Barton, Jerald Pinson, Kathryn Vaillancourt and Lauren Reynolds.
Ada Lovelace was the first person to propose that a computer could do a lot more than just math—if it was programmed the right way. She went on to write the first computer program, although the machine she wrote it for was never built.
Today, she is regarded as a programming pioneer and a “prophet of the computer age,” reminding us that women not only belong in computer science – the field was actually invented by a woman. The second Tuesday of every October is now marked Ada Lovelace Day, dedicated to honoring Lovelace’s legacy and raising the profiles of women in STEM.
Du Châtelet was a prodigious mathematical scholar. Women were not allowed to join scientific societies at the time, but that didn’t stop du Châtelet from conducting experiments in secret and sharing her findings. In 1737, she participated in a contest by the French Academy of Sciences, submitting an essay on the nature of light, heat and fire. Her research proved the existence of a phenomenon that would later become known as infrared radiation. Châtelet went on to translate Isaac Newton’s Principia, which she annotated with notes, clarifications, and experiments that supported his findings. Its publication would prove to be crucial for the establishment of modern science in France.