Honorary diploma from the French Society of Universal Statistics, 1833.
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An honorary diploma from the Societe Francaise de Statistique Universelle awarded to Charles Babbage (1791-1871) on 31 July 1833. Babbage was a British computing pioneer, mathematician, philosopher, inventor, social reformer and political economist. His Analytical Engine of 1834 was the first calculating engine designed along modern lines, and it is for this that he is considered to be the 'father' of computing.