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Charles Babbage Timeline

Timeline of Charles Babbage's Life

1791-Born on December 26 in London

1811-Entered Trinity College, Cambridge

1812-Transferred to Peterhouse, Cambridge

1814-Received an honorary degree without examination from Peterhouse

1814-Married Georgiana Whitmore, they had eight children, but only three lived to adulthood

1816-Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and founded the Astronomical Society

1817-Received MA from Cambridge

1820-Founded the Analytical Society with John Herschel and George Peacock

1821-Began work on the Difference Engine, intended to compile and print mathematical tables

1822-He first discussed the principles of calculating engine in a letter to Sir Humphrey

1827-Published a table of logarithms from 1 to 108000

1827-Babbage’s father, wife, and one son died

1828-Appointed to the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge

1831-Founded the British Association for the Advancement of Science

1832-A small portion of the Difference Engine, completed by Babbage’s engineer, Joseph Clement

1832-The British government suspended funding for his Difference Engine

1832 Published “Economy of Manufactures and Machinery”

1833-Began work on the Analytical Engine, intended to perform any mathematical task

1833-Ada Augusta Lovelace begins documentation of Babbage’s calculating machines

1834-Founded the Statistical Society of London

1842-“Sketch of the Analytical Engine” by Luigi F. Menebrea published

1843-In the “Notes” Ada described how the Analytical Engine could be programmed

1854-George Schertz, constructed a machine based on the designs for the Difference Engine

1856-Design of the Analytical Engine completed, uses Jacquard’s punch card idea for programming

1864-Published “Passages from the Life of a Philosopher”

1871-Charles Babbage Died on October 18, 1871 in London, England

1985-Science Museum of London launched a project to build a complete Babbage Engine