Conceiving Ada

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Conceiving Ada
Conceiving Ada (film).jpg
Directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson
Produced by Lynn Hershman Leeson, Henry S. Rosenthal
Written by Lynn Hershman Leeson
Eileen Jones
Sadie Plant
Betty A. Toole
Starring Tilda Swinton
Francesca Faridany
Timothy Leary
Karen Black
John O'Keefe
John Perry Barlow
J.D. Wolfe
Music by The Residents
Release dates
  • September 10, 1997 (1997-09-10)
Running time
85 min.
Country United States
Language English

Conceiving Ada is a 1997 movie produced, written, and directed by Lynn Hershman Leeson. Henry S. Rosenthal was co-producer of the movie. The Cinematography by Hiro Narita and Bill Zarchy, the latter being the director of photography.


Emmy Coer is a computer scientist obsessed with Countess Ada Lovelace, author of the first computer algorithm, written for Charles Babbage's "Analytical Engine".[1] She finds a way of communicating with people in the past by way of "undying information waves". In the film, Ada's ideas are portrayed as limited by discrimination against women in technology, science and mathematics in her time. Much of the story revolves around Coer's attempts to use genetic engineering to bring Countess Lovelace into the present.


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  1. ^ O'Regan, Gerard (2013). Giants of Computing. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-1-4471-5340-5.