Charles Babbage

1791 - 1871

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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 digital programmable computer. Babbage is considered by some to be "father of the computer". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Babbage has received more than 6,973,946 page views. His biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 94 in 2019). Charles Babbage is the 11th most popular inventor (up from 12th in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 61st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular British Inventor.

Charles Babbage is most famous for his invention of the first programmable computer, the Difference Engine.

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Among inventors, Charles Babbage ranks 11 out of 426Before him are James Watt, Elon Musk, Alexander Graham Bell, Karl Benz, Henry Ford, and Guglielmo Marconi. After him are Louis Braille, Samuel Morse, Cai Lun, Nikolaus Otto, Louis Daguerre, and George Stephenson.

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Among people born in 1791, Charles Babbage ranks 3Before him are Michael Faraday, and Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma. After him are Samuel Morse, Théodore Géricault, Carl Czerny, James Buchanan, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Franz Bopp, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Francesco Hayez, and Johann Franz Encke. Among people deceased in 1871, Charles Babbage ranks 1After him are Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, John Herschel, Augustus De Morgan, Daniel Auber, Michael Thonet, Sigismond Thalberg, Louise of the Netherlands, Omar Pasha, Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, and Wilhelm Weitling.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Charles Babbage ranks 55 out of 8,785Before him are Sean Connery (1930), Francis Drake (1540), Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), Oliver Cromwell (1599), Thomas More (1478), and Daniel Defoe (1660). After him are Olav V of Norway (1903), Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900), Emily Brontë (1818), Herbert Spencer (1820), Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930), and William Wallace (1270).

Among INVENTORS In United Kingdom

Among inventors born in United Kingdom, Charles Babbage ranks 3Before him are James Watt (1736), and Alexander Graham Bell (1847). After him are George Stephenson (1781), Thomas Newcomen (1663), Richard Trevithick (1771), Frank Whittle (1907), John Logie Baird (1888), John Herschel (1792), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), and Thomas Savery (1650).