Diploma from the Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts, 1828.
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Diploma from the Reale Accademia di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti di Modena in Italy awarded to Charles Babbage (1791-1871) on 12 1828. 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.