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[bab-ij] /ˈbæb ɪdʒ/
Charles, 1792–1871, English mathematician: invented the precursor of the modern computer. Unabridged
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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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