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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". Babbage is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer, the Difference Engine, that eventually led to more complex electronic designs, though all the essential ideas of modern computers are to be found in Babbage's Analytical Engine, programmed using a principle openly borrowed from the Jacquard loom. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Babbage has received more than 5,777,657 page views. His biography is available in 94 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 90 in 2019). Charles Babbage is the 12th most popular inventor, the 61st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 78th 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 12 out of 354Before him are Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Elon Musk, Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, and Louis Braille. After him are Samuel Morse, Rudolf Diesel, Nikolaus Otto, George Stephenson, Cai Lun, and Louis Daguerre.

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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, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, James Buchanan, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Franz Bopp, Francesco Hayez, and Eugène Scribe. 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, Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Louise of the Netherlands, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, Omar Pasha, Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, and Sigismond Thalberg.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Charles Babbage ranks 61 out of 7,765Before him are Cecil Rhodes (1853), John Stuart Mill (1806), Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930), Richard Burton (1925), William Wallace (1270), and Herbert Spencer (1820). After him are Henry VII of England (1457), George VI (1895), Virginia Woolf (1882), Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell (1857), Edward VI of England (1537), and Lewis Carroll (1832).

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), John Logie Baird (1888), Thomas Newcomen (1663), Richard Trevithick (1771), John Herschel (1792), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Frank Whittle (1907), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), and Thomas Savery (1650).