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Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage
Another age must be the judge. 1837
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George Biddell Airy

George Biddell Airy
I think it likely that he lives in a sort of dream as to its utility. 1823
Credit: London Illustrated News

Henry Prevost Babbage

Henry Prevost Babbage
I wished, if I could, to justify the confidence he [Babbage] had shown in me by embodying some of his ideas in metal. 1910
Credit: Science Museum

Joseph Clement

Joseph Clement
You ordered a first-rate article, and you must be content to pay for it. (undated)
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John Herschel

John Herschel
Who the deuce ever did anything worth naming without sacrifice? 1830
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Dionysius Lardner

Dionysius Lardner
All the dull monotony and numerical computation is turned over to the untiring action and unerring certainty of mechanical agency. 1834
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Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace
The Analytical Engine weaves algebraic patterns just as the Jacquard loom weaves flowers and leaves. 1843
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Robert Peel (Prime Minister)

Robert Peel (Prime Minister)
What shall we do to get rid of Mr. Babbage and his calculating machine? 1842
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Georg & Edvard Scheutz

Georg & Edvard Scheutz
[Babbage] will then be known for what he truly is, namely, one of the benefactors of mankind, and one among the noblest and most ingenious of the sons of England. 1857
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