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Ada Lovelace: The Making of a Computer Scientist

Miranda Seymour and Ursula Martin Chaired by Samuel Fanous

Monday, 19 March 2018

4:00pm

1 hour

Weston Lecture Theatre

£8 - £13.50

Two biographers of Lord Byron’s daughter Ada Lovelace, Miranda Seymour and Professor Ursula Martin, look at the extraordinary life of the woman whose work is seen as a precursor of modern computers and artificial intelligence.

Lovelace was born in 1815 from the union of Annabella Milbanke and the notorious romantic poet. Milbanke fled a year later with their daughter. She was a progressive Victorian reformer and introduced her daughter to mathematics. Seymour’s In Byron’s Wake is a portrait of both Milbanke and Lovelace and shows how Byron’s spirit governed and haunted their lives. Martin is co-author of Ada Lovelace: the Making of a Computer Scientist, which looks at how Lovelace explored key mathematical principles that lie behind modern computing.

Seymour is a novelist, biographer and critic. She has written biographies of Ottoline Morrell, Robert Graves and Mary Shelley. Martin is a professor at the University of Oxford with interests in mathematics, computer science and the humanities.

Discussions will be chaired by Dr Samuel Fanous, head of publishing, Bodleian Libraries.

Dame Wendy Hall gives the Ada Lovelace Lecture on artificial intelligence after this event in the same venue at 6pm.

Presented by Bodleian Libraries in association with the University of Oxford Department of Computer Science.

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FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2018 partners & sponsors

FT Weekend Title partner University of Oxford HSBC Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner Worcester College Worcester College: Festival college partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner BBC World Service International radio partner BBC Four Television Broadcast media partner British Academy HM Government of Gibraltar Festival green room sponsor Gibunco Group Sponsor of Gibraltar Lecture Galileo Foundation Italian Cultural Institute Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Ian and Carol Sellars allmanhall Jane and Roderick Gibbs Lady Hatch Emily Rose and James Marrow George Warren Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design Marshall Maserati Festival courtesy cars The Macdonald Randolph Hotel The festival hotel Eynsham Hall Royds Withy King Lawyers to the festival Intesa Sanpaolo Said Business School Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies New College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Cross College St Cross College Corpus Christi College The Queen’s College The Queen's College St John’s College St John's College Jesus College Hertford College Exeter College Exeter College St Hilda’s College Keble College Keble College Oxford University Press Princeton University Press Oxford Brookes University Oxford Cultural Collective K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography Ashmolean Museum Floris of London University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office The Oxford Times Regional media partner BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner Macdonald Bear Hotel Mary and Cecil Quillen The Oxford Artisan Distillery Conference Oxford Critchleys Liaison Financial Services The Litmus Partnership British Humanist Association The Sheldonian Theatre Felicity Bryan Associates The Royal Society of Literature Oxford University Museum of Natural History The Story Museum Oxford City Council City Audio Visual OX magazine