publication date: Monday, December 12, 2011 (part of Winter 2012)

category: Inventions

clue: The world's first computer programmer might only have been remembered for her poet father if she hadn't been inspired by Charles Babbage.

explanation: Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron and a colleague of Charles Babbage who created the first computer algorithm. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Justin Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn

Mothers of Invention: These pioneering women in technology have saved the world from war, climate change, and boredom online with their contributions to modern inventions.

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