Sydney Padua draws Ada Lovelace
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The artist bringing Ada Lovelace back to life

Ada Lovelace has a good claim to be the first ever computer programmer.

She wrote the algorithm for Charles Babbage's analytical machine, a machine that was the forerunner of today's computers, but was never actually built.

Now to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth, Ada's story has been re-imagined as graphic novel.

Ada, the daughter of the poet Lord Byron, had an extraordinary life and was enormously gifted, but an early death robbed her of the chance of ever seeing her work put in to practice.

BBC News met the novel's artist, Sydney Padua, to discuss her love of a true Victorian superhero.

Video Journalist: Dan Curtis

  • 21 Apr 2015
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