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Authorised form of nameBabbage; Charles (1791 - 1871); mathematician
SurnameBabbage
ForenamesCharles
Dates1791 - 1871
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Teignmouth, Devon, England (26 December 1791)
Death:
London (18 October 1871)
ActivityProfession:
Mathematician
Research Field:
Mathematics, computer logic, computer technology
Education:
Holmwood School, Ponder's End (with Frederick Marryat (FRS 1819)); entered Trinity College, Cambridge (1811), but graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge. BA (1814), MA (1817)
Career:
Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Cambridge (1828-1839); developed calculating machine using his own money and government grants; involved in actuarial work
Memberships:
Statistical Society (Founder Fellow 1834); FRAS
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
14/03/1816
Council:
RelationshipsSon of Benjamin Babbage
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
References:
Alex D D Craik, 'James Ivory, FRS, mathematician: "the most unlucky person that ever existed"' in NR 2000 vol 54 pp 223-247
Maurice V Wilkes, 'The Ubiquitous Mr Babbage', review of Charles Babbage, Passages From the Life of a Philosopher, ed. M Campbell-Kelly, in NR 1995 vol 49 pp 341-342
Richard Sorrenson, 'Towards a History of the Royal Society in the Eighteenth Century' in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 29-46
M V Wilkes, 'Herschel, Peacock, Babbage and the Development of the Cambridge Curriculum' in NR 1990 vol 44 pp 205-219
Peter J Turvey, 'Sir John Herschel and the Abandonment of Charles Babbage's Difference Engine No. 1' in NR 1991 vol 45 pp 165-176
Lise Wilkinson, 'Three Drawings of Fellows by William Brockedon, FRS' in NR 1971 vol 26 pp 183-187, plate
Roy M MacLeod, 'Of Medals and Men: A Reward System in Victorian Science 1826-1914' in NR 1971 vol 26 pp 81-105
L Pearce Williams, 'The Royal Society and the Founding of the British Association for the Advancement of Science' in NR 1961 vol 16 pp 221-233
L F Gilbert, 'The Election to the Presidency of the Royal Society in 1820' in NR 1954-55 vol 11 pp 256-279
J A D Ackroyd, 'Sir George Cayley, the father of aeronautics, Part 1. The invention of the aeroplane' NR 2002 vol 56 pp 167-181
A Cook, 'A Roman tercentenary' by A Cook in NR 2002 vol 56 p273
M V Wilkes, 'Charles Babbage and his world' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 353-365
K K Schwarz, 'Faraday and Babbage' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 367-381
F C Moon, 'Robert Willis and Franz Reuleaux: pioneers in the theory of machines' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 209-230
P Fara, 'Lucasian Professors. From Newton to Hawking: a history of Cambridge University's Lucasian professors of mathematics, ed K C Knox and R Noakes' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 312-313
Notes:
Date of birth incorrect in DNB, DSB and Boase. Photograph of election certificate, RS Box 3; negative RS Box N101
Virtual International Authority Filehttp://viaf.org/viaf/4963723
Royal Society codeNA6626
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1815/32Babbage, Charles: certificate of election to the Royal Society
DM/4/146Minute of a meeting of the Committee to consider Mr Stewart's letter respecting Mr Babbage's machine28 February 1831
DM/4/136Minute of a meeting of the Babbage Engine Committee26 January 1829
MM/21/24Drawings by Charles Babbage1859
DM/4/143Letter from J F W Herschel, Slough, to P M Roget23 February 1831
DM/4/137Part of a report or resolution of the Babbage Engine Committee9 February 1829
DM/4/140Copy of letter from Charles Babbage, Dorset Street, to the Chancellor of the Exchequer21 December 1830
DM/4/131Letter from Charles Babbage, Devonshire Street, to the Chancellor of the ExchequerDecember 1828
DM/4/145Minute of a meeting of the Committee to consider Mr Stewart's letter respecting Mr Babbage's machine24 February 1831
DM/4/144Letter from Bryan Donkin to James Hudson, Assistant Secretary, Royal Society21 February 1831
DM/4/149Report of the Committee to consider Mr Stewart's letter respecting Mr Babbage's machine26 March 1831
DM/4/141Letter from J Stewart, Treasury, to the Secretary of the Royal Society24 December 1830
DM/4/134Minute of a meeting of the Babbage Engine Committee26 January 1829
DM/4/130Charles Babbage, "Copies of the correspondence between the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury and the President and Council of the Royal Society relative to an Invention of Mr Babbage"1823
DM/4/138Extract from a Treasury Minute no 296428 April 1829
DM/4/132Charles Babbage, "Statement respecting Mr Babbage's Calculating Machine"11 December 1828
DM/4/139Letter from J Stewart, Treasury, to the Secretary of the Royal Society6 May 1829
DM/4/129Letter from George Harrison, Treasury Chambers, to Sir Humphry Davy, President, Royal Society1 April 1823
DM/4/133Letter from F Stewart, Treasury, to Davies Gilbert, President, Royal SocietyDecember 1828
DM/1/23Letter from Charles Babbage, Dorset Street, Manchester Square, to P M Roget10 March 1831
DM/4/142Copy of report from M I Brunel, Bryan Donkin and Field to Viscount Althrop15 February 1831
IM/005208Babbage, Charles2001
DM/4/150Letter from Henry Warburton25 May 1831
DM/4/147Letter from M I Brunel to Henry Warburton28 February 1831
AP/9/3On the solutions of some problems relating to games of chance25 September 1818
MS/426/478Copy letter from S H [Samuel Hunter] Christie, Secretary of the Royal Society; to C [Charles] Babbage24 January 1853
MC/1Volume 1 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1800-1831
NLB/37/215Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Sir Archibald Geikie, KCB, Secretary of the Royal Society17 February 1908
NLB/37/217Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Professor Sidney [Harris Cox] Martin FRS, Chairman of the Physiology Sectional Committee17 February 1908
RR/4/7Referee's report by Charles Lyell, on a paper 'Observations on the discovery in various localities of the remains of human art mixed with the bones of extinct races of animals' by Charles Babbage3 June 1859
RR/4/8Letter from Hugh Falconer, on a paper 'Observations on the discovery in various localities of the remains of human art mixed with the bones of extinct races of animals' by Charles Babbage11 June 1859
MS/426/534Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to [Charles] Babbage13 December 1854
MS/426/208Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to C [Charles] Babbage11 June 1846
MS/426/476Copy letter from S H [Samuel Hunter] Christie, Secretary of the Royal Society; to C [Charles] Babbage16 December 1852
MS/426/533Copy letter from C R [Charles Richard] Weld, the Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to [Charles] Babbage28 November 1854
DM/4/135Babbage Engine Committee, "Report of the Committee...to consider the subject referred to in Mr Stewart's letter, relative to Mr Babbage's calculating engine, & to report thereon"1829
IM/000171Babbage, Charles2001
IM/005209Babbage, Charles2001
DM/4/148Incomplete minute of a meeting of the Committee to consider Mr Stewart's letter respecting Mr Babbage's machine26 March 1831
IM/005309Brunel, Marc Isambard2001
IM/000170Babbage, Charlesc 1864
MS/426/481Copy letter from Edward Sabine, Vice President and Treasurer of the Royal Society; to Lord Rosse [William Parsons], President of the Royal Society28 February 1853
MC/1/194Letter from Charles Babbage, Dorset Street, Manchester Square, to the Council and [Davies Gilbert], President of the Royal Society 27 January 1830
MC/1/257Letter from Charles Babbage, Dorset Street, Manchester Square, to [Davies Gilbert], President of the Royal Society and to the Council3 November 1830
MC/1/318Letter from [James K.] Stewart, [Assistant Secretary at the] Treasury Chambers, to Dr. [Peter Mark] Roget, [Secretary of the Royal Society]11 July 1831
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