Key People
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

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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

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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

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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