Best Answer

Charles Babbage is known as the father of computing.

In 1822, while at the Cambridge University in UK, Charles Babbage was critical of the navigation tables of the day. Most accidents at sea, he felt, could be avoided if estimations and guesswork could be taken out of the game. In other words, Babbage wanted "accurate tables" which led him to develop the machine known as the Difference Engine, which was powered by steam to produce highly reliable charts and tables.

Babbage approached the British government with his idea of the engine. He wanted government funding for his project, which he soon got. Most people believe that this was perhaps the first request for a computer science research.

However, Babbage soon saw the limitations of his Difference Engine, such that he decided to embark on a more ambitious project to develop a sophisticated machine for use in different scenarios. This he called the Analytical Engine. He left the project of the difference engine to itself. In 1842, seeing no results from the project, the British government decided to stop funding Babbage's engine. He was not disheartened though: he continued work on the Analytical Engine, but in 1847, he abandoned it and went back to work with the Difference Engine again! Well, at this rate, he never completed his projects during his lifetime. He did not document his work well, either.

Charles Babbage, FRS (December 26, 1791 London, England - October 18, 1871 Marylebone, London, England) was an English mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer who originated the concept of a programmable computer. Parts of his uncompleted mechanisms are on display in the London Science Museum.

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. Nine years later, the Science Museum completed the printer Babbage had designed for the difference engine, an astonishingly complex device for the 19th century.
Do you mean Charles Babbage?

Charles Babbage (1791-1871) was an English mathematician, mechancal engineer and inventor. He is famous for designing the "difference engine" which was a machine which would calculate mathematical tables accurately. Babbage's design was in effect a programmable mechanical computer and is the forerunner of modern electronic computers.

User Avatar

Wiki User

โˆ™ 2015-12-04 11:53:13
This answer is:
User Avatar

Add your answer:

Earn +20 pts
Q: Who was Charles Babbage?
Write your answer...
Related questions

Charles Babbage an Indian?

Charles Babbage was English

What country was Charles Babbage from?

Charles Babbage was born in London, England.

When did Charles Babbage live?

Charles Babbage lived from 1791-1871.

Charles Babbage what did he do?

charles babbage was an inventor and he designed the first computer

Is Charles Babbage a Filipino scientist?

is charles babbage a filipino scientist

What nationality was Charles Babbage?

Babbage was English.

When was Charles Babbage born?

Charles Babbage was born on December 26, 1791.

Where did Charles Babbage died?

Charles Babbage died in London in the United Kingdom.k

Who invented the difference engine and the analytical engine?

Charles Babbage

Did Charles Babbage ever have any children?

Yes,Charles Babbage had 9 children -Benjamin Herschel Babbage(1815) -Charles Whitmore Babbage(1817) -Georgina Whitmore Babbage(1818) -Edward Stewart Babbage(1819) -Francis Moore Babbage(1821) -Dugald Bromheald Babbage(1823) -Henry Prevost Babbage(1824) -Alexander Forbes Babbage(1827) -Timothy Grant Babbage(1829) But Alexander Forbes Babbage,Georgina(the wife),and Charles father all died in 1827.

How many kids did Charles Babbage have?

Charles Babbage had 11 kids with his wife Georgiana

Where Did Charles Babbage live?

Charles Babbage lived w/ his parents in London,England

Is Charles Babbage dead?

Yes, Charles Babbage died October 18, 1871.

Where was Charles Babbage from?

Charles Babbage was from London in England. He was born on the 26th of December 1791.

How did Charles Babbage die?

Charles Babbage died of renal failure, secondary to cystitis.

What made Charles Babbage famous?

The computer invention made Charles Babbage famous

Charles Babbage- what machine did he invented?

Charles Babbage invented the automatic calculator.

When Charles Babbage invent his computer?

Charles Babbage invented his computer in the year 1822

Where is Charles Babbage born?

Charles Babbage was born in London - on December 26th, 1791

What crater is named after Charles Babbage?

babbage crater

What were Charles Babbage's parents' names?

Charles Babbage was born to Benjamin Babbage and Betty Plumleigh Babbage on December 26, 1791.

Charles Babbage where his born and mother land?

Charles Babbage was born in Teignmouth, Devonshire, England

What language did the first computer made by Charles Babbage speak?

Charles Babbage spoke Spainsh

How did Charles Babbage children die?

there are rumors that they died of the same sickness that Charles Babbage died of

Where is Charles Babbage buried?

Charles Babbage is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery in London, England.