Charles Babbage Biography

Charles Babbage, FRS was an English polymath. A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage is best remembered for originating the concept of a programmable computer.

Considered a "father of the computer", Babbage is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer that eventually led to more complex designs. His varied work in other fields has led him to be described as "pre-eminent" among the many polymaths of his century.

Parts of Babbage's uncompleted mechanisms are on display in the London Science Museum. In 1991, a perfectly functioning difference engine was constructed from Babbage's original plans. Built to tolerances achievable in the 19th century, the success of the finished engine indicated that Babbage's machine would have worked. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Charles Babbage
Nationality:
United Kingdom
Profession:
Mathematician, Engineer, Philosopher, Inventor
Date of Birth:
December 26, 1791
Astrological Sign:
Capricorn
Date of Death:
October 18, 1871
Age at Death:
79
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Charles Babbage Timeline
  • 1822-06-14
    Charles Babbage proposes a difference engine in a paper to the Royal Astronomical Society entitled "Note on the application of machinery to the computation of astronomical and mathematical tables".
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