Charles Babbage

1791 - 1871

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Charles Babbage originated the modern analytic computer. He invented the principle of the analytical engine, the forerunner of the modern electronic computer.
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List of References (52 books/articles)

Some Quotations (10)

A Poster of Charles Babbage

Mathematicians born in the same country

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Additional Material in MacTutor

  1. A picture of Babbage's difference engine
  2. Charles Babbage and deciphering codes
  3. Obituary: The Times

Honours awarded to Charles Babbage
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Fellow of the Royal Society1816
Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh1820
Lucasian Professor 1828
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Other Web sites
  1. Encyclopaedia Britannica
  2. NNDB
  3. Science Museum London
  4. Fourmilab (The analytical engine - including Menebrae's article)
  1. Jonathan Bowen
  2. Virginia Tech
  3. R A Hyman
  4. Gutenberg Project (Reflections on the Decline of Science in England)

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