Diploma from the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, 1835.
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A diploma from the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec awarded to Charles Babbage (1791-1871) on 11 February 1835. 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.