Display commemorating the life of computing pioneer Charles Babbage.
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'In Memoriam' display commemorating computing pioneer Charles Babbage. The still-life display incorporates a photograph of Babbage, his notebooks, diagrams, and pieces of apparatus, probably from his Difference Engine or Analytical Engine. Babbage (1792-1871) was also a reformer, mathematician, philosopher, inventor and political economist. His Analytical Engine of 1834 was the first calculating engine designed along modern lines, and it is for this that Babbage is considered to be the 'father' of computing.