Babbage, Charles (1791-1871)

The British inventor known to some as the "Father of Computing" for his contributions to the basic design of the computer through his Analytical Engine. His previous computer, the Difference Engine, was a special purpose device intended for the production of mathematical tables.

Babbage also invented the cowcatcher, the dynamometer, standard railroad gauge, uniform postal rates, occulting lights for lighthouses, Greenwich time signals, and the heliograph opthalmoscope. He also had an interest in ciphers and lock-picking.

Historical Notes

  1. 1823 Started work on the Difference Engine through funding from the British Government.
  2. 1827 Published a table of logarithms from 1 to 108000.
  3. 1828 Appointed to the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge.
  4. 1831 Founded the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
  5. 1832 Published "Economy of Manufactures and Machinery".
  6. 1833 Began work on the Analytical Engine.
  7. 1834 Founded the Statistical Society of London.

See also: Computer, Lovelace, Ada.

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