Charles Babbage was truly a great mind. Without him, the world would have been a very different place today. It is widely accepted that Babbage is the one who came up with the idea of a programmable computer. As a result, he has been given the well-deserved title of “father of the computer.”
Computers are so intrinsic to the world as we know it, that it is truly difficult to imagine a world without them today. They pervade almost every facet of our lives today, whether its finding directions on Mapquest, ordering custom products online at Zuniquely, or even driving a Tesla!
In the early 1800s, when Babbage was a young man, the field of science was not recognized as it is nowadays. Luckily for him, and for the world, Babbage was independently wealthy and did not have to worry about mundane things like earning money for sustenance purposes. Instead, he was able to pursue his many varied interests. He was a mathematician, scientist and economist, to name just a few of his interests. He was at one point a professor of Mathematics at Cambridge.
Babbage invented two different kinds of engines: a Difference Engine and an Analytical Engine. A model of one of the difference engines can be seen in action at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.
On a personal front, Babbage was very happily married to Georgiana Whitmore, whom he married against his father’s will. However, after 13 blissful years, Georgiana died. Babbage never remarried.