LadyLovelace introduced me to the intriguing character of Ada Lovelace - and better, to this awesome comic about Ada Lovelace's adventures in crime and mathematics.
She was apparently Lord Byron-the-lovelorn-and-infamous' only legitimate daughter, raised by her mother, who tried to purge the evil of poetry from her with the power of MATHS. She ended up working with Charles Babbage, creating formulas for the Difference Engine and laying the groundwork for the modern computer. I love her already. She was born in 1815, and died in 1852 of uterine cancer - and of course, the bloodletting that was used to treat it.
Babbage wrote of her:
Forget this world and all its troubles and if
possible its multitudinous Charlatans — every thing in short but the Enchantress of Numbers.