Charles Babbage (1791-1871)

Charles Babbage was the British mathematician who built the first computing machines, forerunners of the modern computer. He held a chair in mathematics at Cambridge University (1828-39). His Difference Engine (1821) compiled mathematical tables. In 1854 George Scheutz constructed a machine based on Babbage's designs, which printed mathematical, astronomical and actuarial tables, and was used by the British and American governments. Babbage's Analytical Engine (1856) performed a variety of calculations or "programs." But the British government suspended funding for his research and despite his significant achievements Babbage died a bitter man. This carte de visite is signed.

Date:
1865 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Carte de Visite
Item#:
MES22736
Photographer:
Henri Claudet
Height:
1236px
Width:
753px
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