October

1871: Charles Babbage dies

Deed of covenants between Benjamin Babbage and Messrs Praeds, 1805

Deed of covenants between Benjamin Babbage and Messrs Praeds, 1805

On 18th October 1871, the British polymath Charles Babbage died at the age of 75. A mathematician, philosopher and mechanical engineer, Babbage was also a computer pioneer.

Lloyds Bank has a curious link with Charles. His father, Benjamin Babbage, was one of the partners of the private bank Praeds, Digby, Box, Babbage & Co., established in 1802 in the City of London. Lloyds would take over this company in 1891 when the business was in decline.

Considered to be one of the fathers of modern computing, Charles invented some of the first mechanical processors. But he never completed them. Modern constructions based on Babbage’s original plans, however, prove that his machines would have worked.

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