Jack Babbage – The Man Behind the Microchip
Babbage became frustrated while manually calculating astronomical tables for months in 1821 and dreamt of building mechanical calculating engines that would eliminate human error from calculations.
Ada Lovelace, daughter of Lord Byron, was mesmerised by this machine. She translated and added extensive notes to an article written by Menabrea on its workings.
Early Life and Education
Babbage was an accomplished polymath: mathematician, mechanical engineer, inventor, philosopher and writer who made important contributions in multiple scientific fields – most notably with the invention of his programmable computing device.
Babbage designed his Difference Engine as a precursor to modern computers. It could perform any arithmetic operation given through punched cards, had memory storage capabilities, and sequential control – yet was never completed in full.
Babbage made several contributions to society: founding and serving as Lucasian Professor for Astronomical Society from 1828-1839; writing extensively on mathematics, the decline of science in England and rationalizing manufacturing processes; as well as pioneering lighthouse signaling, creating the ophthalmoscope and designing failsafe quick release couplings for railway locomotive cowcatchers.
Jack Kilby was an electrical engineer renowned for his contribution to computer hardware advancement. Known primarily for developing transistors – more reliable alternatives to vacuum tubes used up until that point – as part of this revolution, he revolutionized computer technology.
Later in his career, he served as Manager of IEEE Computer Society Publication Office where he introduced new publications and oversaw an editorial staff.
He was also an award-winning composer and pianist, leading productions of Les Miserables and Disney’s The Little Mermaid as music director at Tuacahn Center for the Arts as well as performing across numerous theaters and venues throughout the US – winning several awards along the way – he served as guest lecturer on topics such as computer science and musicology.
Achievement and Honors
Babbage never managed to complete his machines, yet his ideas helped lay the groundwork for modern computing. Ada Lovelace interpreted Babbage’s unfinished work and created the first computer program as instructions for the Analytical Engine. She also compiled the first actuarial tables as well as working on other projects including providing advice to the British government on postal services.
Nathan Myhrvold of Microsoft Tech Director sponsored an elaborate machine known as the Difference Engine No. 2, inspired by Babbage’s designs. Today it resides at London’s Science Museum.
Jack Dongarra has been recognized with numerous awards during his distinguished career, such as the 2020 IEEE CM A.M. Turing Award, first IEEE Medal of Excellence in Scalable Computing, SIAM Special Interest Group on Supercomputing’s award for Career Achievement and IPDPS Charles Babbage Award. Additionally he holds memberships with AAAS, ACM, SIAM as well as being inducted into the National Academy of Engineering.
Charles Babbage was widely known for designing the first mechanical computers, yet he was also an active critic of scientific establishment. He wrote extensively on topics such as mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, the decline of science in England, rationalizing manufacturing processes and more.
He advocated for higher educational standards and worked to advance scientific practices. While his revolutionary ideas for difference engines and analytical engines couldn’t have been realized with existing technology, they laid the groundwork for computer theory today.
He was also an avid gardener and enjoyed sports like cricket and croquet. Later in life he developed an interest in art and painting; particularly landscapes and portraits but also ceramics were his specialities.
Michael Dell was responsible for one of technology’s greatest innovations – the microchip. As co-founder of Google Inc with Sergey Brin, Dell also helped create Google. His estimated net worth stands at approximately $29.2 billion.
He is widely recognized for his contributions in mathematics and philosophy. In 1837, he began working on an analytical engine – an early machine designed to perform general-purpose computation. Although never completed, its impact is considered one of the forebearers of modern computers.
Hockey was joined on stage for this year’s Budget speech by his three children: sons Xavier and Ignatius as well as daughter Adelaide. Ms Babbage donned an elegant indigo blue lacy dress to celebrate Hockey’s recent transformation after losing 30 kilos through gastric sleeve surgery. She expressed delight over seeing him go from overweight to fit through gastric sleeve surgery.