Charles Babbage
(1791-1871)

Died aged c. 80

Charles Babbage KH FRS (/ˈbæbɪdʒ/; 26 December 1791 – 18 October 1871) was an English polymath. A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage is best remembered for originating the concept of a programmable computer. Considered by some to be a "father of the computer", Babbage is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer 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 Science Museum in London. In 1991, a perfectly functioning difference engine was constructed from Babbage's original plans. Built to tolerances achievable in the 19th century, the success of the finished engine indicated that Babbage's machine would have worked.

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Charles Babbage 1791 to 1871 Mathematical genius, astronomer, inventor and "Father of Computing"

The Side of Walworth Clinic, Larcom Street, Walworth, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Charles Babbage (1791-1871) mathematician & pioneer of the modern computer lived in a house on this site 1839-1871

1a Dorset Street, Westminster, London, United Kingdom where they lived

Charles Babbage mathematician, astronomer and computer pioneer was born near this site

corner of Larcom Street and Walworth Road, London, United Kingdom where they was born (1791)