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I was born in England as the only child of the poet Lord Byron, though he died when I was only nine.

Throughout the first 20 years of my life, I was sickly, often restricted to bedrest, and walked with crutches...but was tutored in mathematics and science by William Frend, Mary Somerville, and Augustus De Morgan.

Though my knowledge flourished in mathematics, I became a Countess by marrying William (8th Baron King) but began correspondence with an "odd" mathematician named Charles Babbage.

Impressed by my demonstrated intellect and writing skills, Babbage called me "The Enchantress of Numbers" as I translated documents dealing with his invention, the Analytical Engine.

As part of a memoir accompanying the translation, I created a method for calculating a sequence of Bernoulli numbers, which would have worked had the Analytical Engine ever been built...and now I am credited as being the first computer programmer and my method is viewed as the world's first computer program.

Answer: Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (1815 1852)