On December 10, 1815 (the same year thatGeorge Boole was born), a daughter—Augusta Ada Byron—was born to AnnaIsabella (Annabella) Byron and GeorgeGordon, Lord Byron. At that time in EnglandByron’s fame derived not only from hispoetry but also from his wild and scandalousbehavior. The marriage was strained fromthe beginning, and Annabella left Byronshortly after Ada’s birth. By April of 1816,the two had signed separation papers. Byronleft England, never to return. Throughout the rest of hislife he regretted that he was unable to see hisdaughter. At one point he wrote of her,I see thee not. I hear thee not.But none can be so wrapt in thee.Before he died in Greece, at age 36, he exclaimed,Oh my poor dear child! My dear Ada!My God, could I but have seen her!Meanwhile, Annabella, who eventually was to becomea baroness in her own right, and who was educated asboth a mathematician and a poet, carried on withAda’s upbringing and education. Annabella gave Ada
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