**Contributions: **Babbage, known
as the father of the computer, also invented our first-class mail system,
calculated the first reliable mortality tables for the insurance industry,
and designed the first speedometer.

**December 26, 1791:**
Born in Teignmouth, Devonshire, United Kingdom

1810: Enters Trinity
College, Cambridge

1817: Receives MA from
Cambridge

1820: Founds the Analytical
Society with Herschel and Peacock, and they publish Examples to the Differential
and Integral Calculus

1823: Starts work on
the Difference Engine through funding from the British Government

1827: Publishes *Table
of Logarithms of the Natural Numbers from 1 to 108000*

1828: Becomes the Lucasian
Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge (Babbage held this position for 12 years,
although he never taught a class.)

1830: Publishes *Reflections
on the Decline of Science in England*

1831: Founds the British
Association for the Advancement of Science

1832: Publishes *Economy
of Manufactures and Machinery*

1833: Begins work on the
Analytical Engine

1834: Founds the Statistical
Society of London

1848: Publishes *Thoughts
on the Principles of Taxation with Reference to a Property Tax, and its
Exceptions*

1851: Publishes *The Exposition
of 1851; or Views of the Industry, the Science, and the Government of England*

1864: Publishes *Passages
from the Life of a Philosopher*
**October 18, 1871:**
Dies at his home in Dorset Street, London, England