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 4,886,977 page views. His biography is available in 90 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 88 in 2019). Charles Babbage is the 12th most popular inventor (up from 13th in 2019), the 79th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 71st 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 355Before him are Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Karl Benz, Guglielmo Marconi, Rudolf Diesel, and Louis Braille. After him are Louis Daguerre, George Stephenson, Samuel Morse, Nikolaus Otto, Cai Lun, and Nicéphore Niépce.

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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, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart, James Buchanan, Franz Bopp, Francesco Hayez, and Franz Grillparzer. Among people deceased in 1871, Charles Babbage ranks 1After him are Shamil, 3rd Imam of Dagestan, John Herschel, Daniel Auber, Augustus De Morgan, Michael Thonet, Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Louise of the Netherlands, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, Omar Pasha, Wilhelm Weitling, and Wilhelm von Tegetthoff.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Charles Babbage ranks 79 out of 6,924Before him are Edward I of England (1239), John Dee (1527), William of Ockham (1285), Harold Harefoot (1016), George IV of the United Kingdom (1762), and Edward V of England (1470). After him are Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), Edward II of England (1284), William Harvey (1578), Ringo Starr (1940), and George Stephenson (1781).

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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), John Logie Baird (1888), John Herschel (1792), Richard Trevithick (1771), John Boyd Dunlop (1840), Henry Fox Talbot (1800), Frank Whittle (1907), and Richard Arkwright (1732).