Diploma from the Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, 1822.
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A diploma from the Academie des Sciences, Arts et Belles Lettres of Dijon, Burgundy awarded to Charles Babbage (1791-1871) on 7 August 1822. 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.