The Countess of Lovelace, Ada Byron King was the world’s first computer programmer. She was the daughter of famed poet Lord Byron and Anne Isabelle Milbanke, who left Byron shortly after Ada was born. She wished her daughter to be unlike her poet father and had Ada tutored in mathematics, logic and the sciences. In those years, there were no "professional" scientists and the participation of women in business, academics or the sciences was unacceptable. However, Charles Babbage, the inventor of the Difference Engine, an elaborate calculating machine, became Ada's lifelong friend. In 1835, Ada married the Earl of Lovelace, William King, ten years her senior, and became a Countess. In 1842, an Italian mathematician, Louis Menebrea, published a memoir in French on the subject of the Analytical Engine, Babbage’s latest project. For nine months she worked feverishly on translating the memoir and included detailed notes of her own, recognizing the machine to be what we would call a general-purpose computer. She died of cancer in 1852 at the age of 37, but had the first algorithm ever processed by a machine, giving birth to the field of computer programming.