Charles Babbage


While there was only little direct effect that Charles had caused on the development of modern day computers as his designs were meant to be mechanical devices rather than electronic devices, they still had the same principles and concepts of a modern computer.

Due to Charles’ need for precision engineering for his designs, he had accurate machine tools which was made specifically for his projects and had his workforce to work with very fine tolerances. This had set a very high standard of precision engineering which many workshops were not able to replicate. Charles also wanted parts to be interchangeable, however many workshops at the time created their own parts and meant he would require to use only one workshop.
Hence, he set out to standardize parts and threads which meant there was more consistency in his creations. The result of this helped Britain’s manufacturing industry since the standardisation of parts meant workshops could share tools and parts to manufacture larger and more complex machinery[1].



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