The Information Age

Charles Babbage and the Analytical Engine

Charles Babbage, considered the first computer pioneer, designed the first automatic computing engine called the Analytical Engine in 1834. The machine had all the main characteristics that a computer has today.

For other milestones in “computor” development, see:

  1. http://infoagetimeline.umwblogs.org/2011/09/19/ada-lovelace-first-computer-programmer/
  2.  http://infoagetimeline.umwblogs.org/2011/09/21/first-computer/
  3. http://infoagetimeline.umwblogs.org/2011/09/19/mary-allen-wilkes/
  4. http://infoagetimeline.umwblogs.org/2011/09/18/computer-is-times-machine-of-the-year/

 

Source: “Charles Babbage,” Science Museum of London, http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/onlinestuff/stories/babbage.aspx (accessed September 17, 2011).

Image Source: “Babbage’s Analytical Engine,” Science Museum, http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/images/object_images/277×265/10297676.jpg (accessed September 21, 2011).


Image Source: “Charles Babbage, 1792-1871,” Library of Congress, 1871, http://lcweb2.loc.gov/service/pnp/cph/3b10000/3b13000/3b13500/3b13540r.jpg
(accessed December 13, 2011).

 

 

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