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Charles BABBAGE

Charles BABBAGE, economist. Co-founder State Society, Astronomical Society, and British Association for the Advancement of Science; Fellow, Royal Society, 1816.

Background

  • BABBAGE, Charles was born in 1792 in Teignmouth, Devon, England.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 1814, 1817.

    Career

    • Mathematician and, through his work on the ‘difference engine’ and the ‘analytical engine’, a pioneer of computer technology. The mechanical problems encountered in his own workshop during the government-financed work on his ‘difference engine’ led him to a general interest in manufacturing problems. Economy of machinery.. was the result of an investigative tour of British and European factories.

      It is his interest in the use of accurate mathematical and statistical work in various fields, including economics, which justifies his reputation as a forerunner of operations research.

    Major achievements

    • Co-founder State Society, Astronomical Society, and British Association for the Advancement of Science. Fellow, Royal Society, 1816.

    Works

    • The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (Annotated)
    • The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures a three-volume book on, as the name suggests, the manufacture of goods, the machines that manufacture those goods and, of course, the organization of those who operate the machines themselves.
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    Died 1871
    (aged 79)