Issue No. 03 - Fall (1994 vol. 16)
<p>In 1824 Charles Babbage was appointed actuary of the Protector Life Assurance Society of London, which led him to prepare a new set of life tables and undertake a study of the life insurance industry. He subsequently wrote his well-known book the Assurance of Lives (1826). This article describes the role of Charles Babbage in the development of life insurance and the reform of the life insurance industry, and the significance of the Assurance of Lives in his intellectual development.</p>
M. Campbell-Kelly, "Charles Babbage and the Assurance of Lives," in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 16, no. , pp. 5-14, 1994.