Although sometimes underrated and overlooked, women have been responsible for scores of useful inventions that have changed the world. From life-saving medicines to groundbreaking innovations in rocket science, the following 20 creations are an inspiration to us all.
20. The Computer Algorithm
The world’s first algorithm was invented a century prior to modern computing by Lady Ada Lovelace, the fascinating daughter of the Romantic poet Lord Byron. Lovelace was a gifted mathematician prior to her untimely death, and her pioneering equations described the sequential computation of the Bernoulli Numbers for Charles Babbage’s “Analytical Engine” – a never-built mechanical computer first proposed in 1837.