Diploma from the Academie de Marseilles, 1823.
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A diploma from the Academie de Marseilles in France awarded to Charles Babbage (1791-1871) on 29 August 1823. 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.