Today is the fifth annual Ada Lovelace Day, celebrating and raising the profile of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In a male dominated industry there are far too few women achieving recognition for their work in Technology.

Today, I offer recognition to my Woman in Tech....... Sophie Wilson.

I've obviously never met the lady, however Sophie Wilson's achievements introduced me to the world of computing and here I am 25+ years later still hooked on tech.

In the late 1970s Sophie Wilson developed the Acorn micro-computer and the Acorn Basic programming language. This morphed into the BBC Micro and BBC Basic.

In the mid-1980s my parents bought me my first ever computer and I was hooked -- it was a BBC Micro and I took to programming in Basic like a duck to water. Since then I have never looked back.

So, a small hat-tip to Ms Sophie Wilson, FREng FRS -- thank you for my career :-)

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Who is Ada Lovelace?

Ada Lovelace is widely held to have been the first computer programmer. Close friends with inventor Charles Babbage, Lovelace was intrigued by his Analytical Engine and in 1842, she translated a description of it by italian mathematician Luigi Menabrea. Babbage asked her to expand the article, “as she understood [it] so well”, and this was when she wrote several early ‘computer programs’. Ada Lovelace died of cancer at 36, her potential tragically unfulfilled

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