Amazing Ada: The Countess of Computers

Date: Friday, 20 May 2016 19:30

Venue: Marconi Hall Street Works  |  City: Chelmsford, United Kingdom

A talk by Heidi Hards

Part of Building the Wireless Age, a unique Marconi exhibition

At the original Marconi Wireless and Telegraphy works in Hall Street Chelmsford,
the world's first wireless factory which Marconi established in 1898.

This talk will give a brief history of Ada Lovelace, her work with Charles Babbage and her influence in the creation of the world's 'First Computer'. It will also explore how she has affected the world we know today and has provided inspiration for women in all fields of technology.

Brought up in an era when women were routinely denied education, Ada Lovelace saw further into the future than many of her male counterparts, and her work influenced the thinking of one of World War II's greatest minds: Alan Turing.

Born The Honourable Augusta Ada Byron, the woman we now call Ada Lovelace began her life in a turbulent household. She was the only legitimate daughter of the romantic poet George Gordon Byron, 6th Lord Byron, and Anne Isabella Milbanke, 11th Baroness Wentworth.

Heidi was born and raised in the Fens and moved to Chelmsford to study Law at Anglia Ruskin University. After completion of Postgraduate study in Legal Practice she was employed by Essex Police as a Divisional Intelligence Analyst. This is where she met and married her very own 'IT geek' and also found a love of all things computerised and statistical. She can now be found working for the Gambling Commission as an Enforcement and Compliance officer.

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Tickets are £5. All proceeds from talks and merchandise will be used to cover exhibition project costs. This is a volunteer-led initiative.

Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society is proud to support Marconi Science WorX: Chelmsford Civic Society in collaboration with BBC Essex.

Marconi Science WorX


Hall St, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 0HG
United Kingdom




All Dates

  • Friday, 20 May 2016 19:30