20th June: Miranda Seymour: In Byron’s Wake: Women of Science
In 1815 Annabella Milbanke married the notorious Lord Byron; the following year she left him, taking their baby daughter, Ada. Eight years later Byron was dead.
The women, however, lived on: Annabella did pioneering work in education and social reform, becoming one of the most progressive reformers of Victorian England; Ada – the future Ada Lovelace – introduced to mathematics as a young child, predicted our modern computer age and became a passionate astronomer, employing Faraday’s experiments with light refraction to explore the analysis of distant stars.
In the bicentenary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, often regarded as an early example of science fiction, literary critic and biographer, Miranda Seymour, will speak about these three women of science, drawing on the scholarship of her new book In Byron’s Wake and her reissued biography of Mary Shelley.