Charles Babbage

    Charles Babbage


    Died: 1871

    Sex: Male

    Interests: Math

    Status: Working on the Analytical machine.

    I am a English mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer who helped build the Analytical machine.

    I was born on December 26, 1791 in London, England. I was most likely born in 44 Crosby Row, Walworth Road, London, England. I was baptized on 6 January 1792. My father, Benjamin Babbage, was a banking partner of the Praeds who owned the Bitton Estate in Teignmouth. My mother was Betsy Plumleigh Teape. In 1808, my family moved into the old Rowdens house in East Teignmouth, and my father became a warden of the nearby St. Michael’s Church.

    Since my father was fairly wealthy, he could afford to have me educated at private schools. I was sent to an academy at Forty Hill, Enfield, Middlesex where my education properly began. I began to show a passion for mathematics. On leaving the academy, I continued to study at home, having an Oxford tutor to bring me up to university level. I entered Trinity College, Cambridge in 1810. I moved from Trinity College to Peterhouse and it was from that College that I graduated with a B.A. in 1814.

    I invented the cowcatcher, dynamometer, standard railroad gauge, uniform postal rates, occulting lights for lighthouses, Greenwich time signals, heliograph opthalmoscope.

    I hated street musicians. I was pestered by neighbors who hired musicians to play outside my house and when I went out I was often followed by children who abused me. Late in life I said that I had never spent a happy day and that I would gladly give up the rest of my time if I could spend just three days 500 years in the future.

    I married Georgiana Whitmore in 1814. We had 8 children.

    I died on October 18, 1871. I was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery. My brain was preserved in alcohol and dissected in 1908 by Victor Horsley of the Royal Society. On the moon a crater is named after me.

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