UCL Department of Economics


Charles Babbage (1791 - 1871)

Now better known for his place in the history of computing, Charles Babbage, a lifelong Londoner, also contributed around this time to the economic theory of production.Babbage was born at 44 Crosby Row in Newington, South London and a blue plaque marks the site near the junction of Larcom St and Walworth Rd. The family later moved to 10 George St, Adelphi. After marriage he resided for short periods at 31 Arundel St, off the Strand and at 46 Lucas St, Brunswick Square. From 1815 he settled at 5 Devonshire Street, off Portland Place in central London and then at 1 Dorset St, Manchester Square in Marylebone, where he died. His grave can be seen in Kensal Green Cemetery in northwest London. The left hemisphere of his brain is displayed in the Hunterian Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons, Lincoln's Inn Fields.