The Fathers of Computing - Father of the Programmable Computer

By Debra Donston  |  Posted 2012-05-28 Print this article Print
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Father of the Programmable Computer: Charles Babbage

In the early 1800s, seeking to remove the high rate of error with human "computers," Babbage set out to create an engine that would calculate a series of values mechanically. Babbage's difference and analytical engines were never completed, but their basic architectures are very similar in principle to that of a modern computer.

eWEEK honors the founding fathers of the computing industry.

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