Remarkable People

We were inspired to look more closely at some of the key figures that appear in our Little History books by an interaction with a reader on the Little History facebook page. We really liked the idea of finding out what the series has to say about all sorts of ‘remarkable people’, both heroes and villains, and we’re putting together this resource for you to explore. Whether you’re looking for help with your homework (!), or trying to fill a gap in your knowledge, Little History books and their cast of characters have plenty to offer.

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Charles Babbage

English mathematician, philosopher, and inventor of the 'Analytical Engine'

1791 – 1871

Charles Babbage was a British mathematician and inventor. He is credited with having originated the concept of the programmable computer with his invention of the ‘Analytical Engine’ in the 1820s. The device used a system of punch cards to deliver instructions and perform any arithmetical calculation. His creation included many of the key components found in the more complex designs of today’s computers.

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