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Babbage, C (1792.12.26-1871.10.20)

Birthplace Teignmouth, Devon, England.
Post Held Lucasian Chair Maths, Univ. Camb., 1828-39.
Degrees BA, MA Univ. Camb., 1814,1817.
Offices and Honours Co-founder Stat. Soc., Astronomical Soc., and BAAS; Fellow, Royal Soc., 1816.
Publications Books: 1. On the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (1832, 1841); 2. Passages from the Life of a Philosopher (1864).
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 reserch.
Secondary Literature P. and E. Morrison, `Babbage, Charles', International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences , D. L. Sills (ed.) (Macmillan and Free Press, 1968), vol. 1.


The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (Part 1) (1832) (socsci.mcmaster.ca)
The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (Part 1) (1832) (ecn.bris.ac.uk)
The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (Part 1) (1832) (unimelb.edu.au)
The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (Part 2) (1832) (socsci.mcmaster.ca)
The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (Part 2) (1832) (ecn.bris.ac.uk)
The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (Part 2) (1832) (unimelb.edu.au)
The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (Part 3) (1832) (socsci.mcmaster.ca)
The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (Part 3) (1832) (ecn.bris.ac.uk)
The Economy of Machinery and Manufactures (Part 3) (1832) (unimelb.edu.au)

Texts about Babbage
Babbage: pioneer economist by Nathan Rosenberg (ex.ac.uk) chapter 2 of Exploring the Black Box, Cambridge UP, 1994
Whiggism in the History of Science and the Study of the Life and Work of Charles Babbage by R. Anthony Hyman (ex.ac.uk)

Other Information
The Babbage Pages (ex.ac.uk)
Babbage's Calculating Engines, 1832-71 (nmsi.ac.uk)


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