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Charles BABBAGE

economist

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.

Achievements

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

Works