In 1821, Babbage had the idea for his first Difference Engine, the predecessor of the modern computer.
Babbage never had the chance to complete his groundbreaking calculating machine.
Eventually, as Babbage's vision grew ever more expansive, the government invested over £17,000 ($28,000).
British mathematician who is considered a pioneer of computer science. In 1837 Babbage described an idea for the analytical engine, a machine that could be programmed with punched cards to perform complex calculations. Although Babbage never finished building the analytical engine, his idea is recognized as the forerunner of the modern computer.