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Babbage, Charles, 1791-1871 (mathematician)



Charles Babbage (1791-1871), mathematician and scientist, studied at Trinity College and Peterhouse, Cambridge 1811-1814, and was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, 1828-1839. In addition to being a champion within the University of the 'continental notation' following Leibniz in the infinitesimal calculus, he was a pioneer of mechanical computation, designing but not completing his 'difference engines' and 'analytical engine', the latter being a conceptual forerunner of later programmable electronic devices.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:


Charles Babbage: mathematical and scientific notebooks and papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8705
Dates: 1806-1878 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (

Sir George Gabriel Stokes: Miscellaneous Papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.7656
Scope and Contents 1. Correspondence The letters are divided into two main parts. The largest group of correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent, then chronologically within these sections. The remaining letters are arranged chronologically in the following subject groupings: LB1.1 to LB1.22 Letter book containing letters written to Stokes in 1846. LB2.1 to LB2.34 Letter book containing correspondence between Stokes and George Baden Powell in 1847 and 1848. RS1 to RS2415 Royal Society of...
Dates: 1830-1902 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: RESTRICTED - copy microfilm CM04928-CM05027 to be used

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