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- Created 2012-03-03
(26 December 1791 – 18 October 1871) was an English
. He was a mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, who is best remembered now for originating the concept of a programmable computer.
Considered a "
father of the computer
", Babbage is credited with inventing the first
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
was constructed from Babbage's original plans. Built to
achievable in the 19th century, the success of the finished engine indicated that Babbage's machine would have worked.
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Mr. Charles Babbage
The Babbage Pages
The Babbage Difference Engine
"On a Method of Expressing by Signs the Action of Machinery"
Charles Babbage Institute
''Babbage's Ballet'' by Ivor Guest, Ballet Magazine, 1997
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