The Life of Charles Babbage.

26 December 1791 - 18 October 1871

Born in London, Babbage spent his early educational life attending a few different schools.Most notably Holmwood academy, in Baker Street where his passion for maths started. After the academy he studied under personal tutors. The last of his tutors brought him to a standard where he was accepted to Cambridge. At Cambridge he excelled at mathematics and even found the teaching level insufficient. Surprisingly though, he did not go on to graduate with honours but instead left achieving a degree without examination. This is possibly linked to him backing a controversial contemporary thesis and thus being forbidden from sitting his exam.

After Cambridge, Babbage made many attempts to become a lecturer at different universities and colleges with varying success. He found similar mixed results with making publications but did publish "Economy of Machinery and Manufactures" which led to the "Babbage principle" relating to the benefits from better division of labour.

During his post Cambridge career, he work on his most famous works, the difference engines and the analytical engine. None of which ever saw completion. The first difference engine received funding from the British government but after Babbage fell out with the engineer assigned to the project over his costs, it was never completed. The second engine which he later conceptualised did not receive funding and thus was not built until the British Science Museum built one from his designs in 1991. The concept for the Analytical Engine was something Babbage worked on up until his death in 1871.