Charles Babbage, KH FRS

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Charles Babbage, KH FRS

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England UK
Death: October 18, 1871 (79)
London, Middlesex, England UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Benjamin Babbage and Elizabeth Plumleigh Teape
Husband of Georgiana Whitmore
Father of Benjamin Herschel Babbage; Georgiana Babbage; Dugald Bromhead Babbage and Henry Prevost Babbage

Occupation: Inventor of the Difference Engine, forerunner of the computer
Managed by: Robert Scott Pappas
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About Charles Babbage, KH FRS

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

Considered by some to be a "father of the computer", Babbage, along with Lovelace, 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.

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Charles Babbage, KH FRS's Timeline

December 26, 1791
London, Middlesex, England UK
August 6, 1815
Age 23
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age 26
March 13, 1823
Age 31
September 16, 1824
Age 32
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
October 18, 1871
Age 79
London, Middlesex, England UK