School of Informatics

International Women's Day

International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th of March each year.

The day originated in 1911 as an official day to recognise suffrage and the economic, social and political achievements of women. Today, International Women’s Day is celebrated throughout the world and often highlights the continuing gender inequality.

As part of our celebration of women in science, we are renaming our award winning building, the Informatics Forum, the "Ada Lovelace" building in honour of Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace.

Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace

Ada Lovelace

The English writer and electronics engineer Ada Lovelace was born in December 1815 and is know primarily for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the analytical engine.

Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine; as such she is sometimes portrayed in popular culture as the "World's First Computer Programmer.

For more information on Ada Lovelace see: