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Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG/REX/Shutterstock (2545953a) Augusta Ada, Countess Lovelace (1815-1852)
Augusta Ada, Countess Lovelace (1815-1852) English mathematician and writer.

Esher-born Ada Lovelace lived at Sandown House from 1841. She was celebrated along with many others last month on International Women’s Day as the creator of the first algorithm which allowed the computer to be used beyond pure calculation, making her the world’s first computer programmer.

Lovelace was the daughter of poet Lord Byron and Annabella Millbank. Her contribution to the field of computer science was not discovered until the 1950s when her notes were republished. In 1980 the US Department of Defense named a newly developed computer language “Ada” after Lovelace.

For sale is the elegant penthouse apartment, accessed via a grand pillared porch and a communal entrance hall, with three bedrooms (all with en suites) and impressive and generous living space. There’s access to the loggia, terrace and balcony through two sets of French doors. And there are communal gardens. It’s just a few yards away from the shops and restaurants on Esher High Street.

£950,000, Savills Esher 01372 461 900

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