Charles Babbage

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Charles Babbage was an English mathematician, philosopher and inventor born on December 26, 1791, in London, England. Often called “The Father of Computing,” Babbage detailed plans for mechanical Calculating Engines, Difference Engines, and Analytical Engines. Babbage died on October 18, 1871, in London.

A demo of Charles Babbage's Difference Engine
Charles Babbage and his Difference Engine #2

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A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage is best remembered for originating the concept of a programmable computer.

Considered a father of computer Babbage is credited with inventing the first computer mechanical 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.[1]

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 tolerance achievable in the 19th century, the success of the finished engine indicated that Babbage's machine would have worked.