Charles Babbage (26 December 1791 – 18 October 1871) was an English polymath. A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage originated the concept of a digitally programmable computer. Charles is credited for inventing the first mechanical computer.
- Charles Babbage was a mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer.
- Today he is famous for originating the concept of a programmable computer.
- Popularly named as “Father of Computers.”
- From 1828 to 1839 Babbage was a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge.
- He had remarkable assistance in establishing the modern postal system in England and compiled the first reliable actuarial tables.
- He also invented a speedometer type and the locomotive cowcatcher.
- Babbage had renal inadequacy, secondary to cystitis. Hence he died, at the age of 79, on 18 October 1871
Inventions and Discoveries
- Computer program
- Analytical engine – is widely regarded as the predecessor of the modern computer.
- Difference engine – was an entirely automated calculating machine which was designed to carry out intensive mathematical computations.
There are few circumstances which so strongly distinguish the philosopher, as the calmness with which he can reply to criticisms he may think undeservedly severe – Charles Babbage.