Charles Babbage

1791 - 1871

Charles Babbage

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.Considered by some to be "father of the computer", Babbage is credited with inventing the first mechanical computer 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. 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 incomplete mechanisms are on display in the Science Museum in London. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Charles Babbage has received more than 4,189,225 page views. His biography is available in 88 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 13th most popular inventor.

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Among inventors, Charles Babbage ranks 13 out of 323Before him are Karl Benz, Henry Ford, Guglielmo Marconi, Rudolf Diesel, Louis Braille, and Samuel Morse. After him are George Stephenson, Nikolaus Otto, Louis Daguerre, Nicéphore Niépce, Karl Ferdinand Braun, and Cai Lun.

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Among people born in 1791, Charles Babbage ranks 4Before him are Michael Faraday, Samuel Morse, and Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma. After him are Théodore Géricault, Carl Czerny, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Franz Bopp, James Buchanan, Francesco Hayez, and Franz Grillparzer. Among people deceased in 1871, Charles Babbage ranks 1After him are John Herschel, Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, Daniel Auber, Augustus De Morgan, Michael Thonet, Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, Louise of the Netherlands, Omar Pasha, Wilhelm von Tegetthoff, and Alexander Afanasyev.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Charles Babbage ranks 71 out of 5,347Before him are John Dee (1527), William of Ockham (1285), Harold Harefoot (1016), Paul McCartney (1942), James VI and I (1566), and Guy Fawkes (1570). After him are Roger Bacon (1220), Alex Ferguson (1941), Charles, Prince of Wales (1948), Walter Scott (1771), Mary Shelley (1797), and J. J. Thomson (1856).

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), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Henry Bessemer (1813), and Frank Whittle (1907).