Today’s Dame of the Day is Ada Lovelace (December 10, 1815-November 27, 1852). While her mother disapproved of her interest in mathematics, Lovelace defied her wishes and continued to explore the subject. As a colleague and contemporary of Charles Babbage, Lovelace created the first algorithm to be used by a machine. She frequently checked Babbage’s work, making her the first debugger in the nascent digital world.
Today’s Dame of the Day is Rosalind Franklin (July 25, 1920 – April 16, 1958). Franklin’s use of X-ray diffraction images discovered the structures of coal, graphite, viruses and RNA. While Watson and Crick are often credited for the discovery of DNA’s double helix, Franklin independently mapped the structure and her findings informed the team’s research. She also delved deeper into the structures of tobacco mosaic and polio viruses before succumbing to ovarian cancer at age 37.