- Charles,1792–1871, English mathematician: invented the precursor of the modern computer.
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In 1821, Babbage had the idea for his first Difference Engine, the predecessor of the modern computer.
Babbage never had the chance to complete his groundbreaking calculating machine.
Eventually, as Babbage's vision grew ever more expansive, the government invested over £17,000 ($28,000).
Babbage, Herschel, Whewell, and Jones set out on massive projects to collect and make sense of vast data sets.
And Babbage dreamed up a machine that could churn through and make sense of this information.
I met him about 1830 at Babbage's breakfast table, and there for the only time in our lives we conversed.Great Astronomers
R. S. Ball
There's the widow Babbage, down to Dock: she always had a hankering for you.The Adventures of Harry Revel
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
From 1828 to 1839 Babbage was Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge.
In 1815, in February, Mr. Babbage began a course of lectures on Astronomy.The Royal Institution
We encamped this night about six miles above Babbage Island.Journals of Australian Explorations
A C and F T Gregory
- Charles 1792–1871, English mathematician and inventor, who built a calculating machine that anticipated the modern electronic computer
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- British mathematician who is considered a pioneer of computer science. In 1837 Babbage described an idea for the analytical engine, a machine that could be programmed with punched cards to perform complex calculations. Although Babbage never finished building the analytical engine, his idea is recognized as the forerunner of the modern computer.
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