Charles Babbage Fact Sheet: Who was Charles Babbage? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Charles Babbage, the famous British inventor.
Charles Babbage Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1791 – 1871 *** Full Name: Charles Babbage *** Date of Birth (Birthday): He was born on December 26, 1791 *** Place of Birth: Charles Babbage was born in London, England *** Family background: His father was Benjamin Babbage *** Education: Due to poor health, Charles Babbage mainly received a private education at home *** Charles Babbage died on October 18, 1871 ***
Charles Babbage Fact 1:
Charles Babbage was born on December
26, 1791 in London, England.
Charles Babbage Fact 3: His parents were called Benjamin Babbage and Betsy Plumleigh Teape. His father worked in London for Praed's & Co as a banking partner. Charles Babbage had three siblings.
Charles Babbage Fact 4: As a
child, he suffered from a severe
fever which became life threatening.
In an attempt to recuperate, he was
sent to a country school in
Alphington, Devon from approximately
8 years of age.
Charles Babbage Fact 10: He transferred to a constituent college of Cambridge University known as Peterhouse. Although he became the top mathematician at Peterhouse, he didn't graduate with honors. In 1814, He achieved a degree without examination.
Charles Babbage Fact 11: He
married Georgiana Whitmore in 1814.
They were married, without his
father's approval, at St. Michael's
Church in Teignmouth, Devon. They
resided at 5 Devonshire Street,
Portland Place, London.
Charles Babbage Fact 16:
Despite additional funding from the
government, Charles Babbage and
Joseph Clement were unable to
complete the plans for the
difference engine. Charles Babbage
later wrote: 'The drawings and parts
of the Engine are at length in a
place of safety. I am almost worn
out with disgust and annoyance at
the whole affair.'.
Charles Babbage Fact 18: Using the experience he had gained from his previous engines, he began working on a design for a second difference engine in 1846. The schematic diagrams were kept at London's science museum until 1985-1991 when a full size difference engine was constructed in honor of the 200th anniversary of Charles Babbage’s birth. Construction of the difference engine began, following his original plans and worked perfectly upon completion!
Charles Babbage Fact 19: He was awarded with the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1824 in recognition of the invention of an engine for calculating mathematical and astronomical tables
Charles Babbage Fact 20:
Charles Babbage died at his home at
1 Dorset Street, Marylebone, London
on October 18, 1871. A green plaque
has since been placed at the address
in memory of his life. He was 79
years old when he died. He was
buried in Kensal Green Cemetery,
London. Half of his brain can be
seen on display at London's Science
Museum, the other half of his brain
is kept at London's Hunterian Museum
in the Royal College of Surgeons
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