What’s in a name ? Why Ludgate ?
Percy Edwin Ludgate (2 August 1883 – 16 October 1922) was an Irish amateur scientist who designed the second analytical engine (general-purpose turing – complete computer) in history. Ludgate was born in Skibbereen, to Michael Ludgate and Mary McMahon. In fact he was born just a few houses down from the co-working space that now bears his name.
Since the invention of the abacus people have been trying to build ever more complex calculating machines, and in 1909 an Irish accountant, Percy Ludgate, designed a new and powerful “analytical machine”.
Percy studied at Rathmines College of Commerce, before joining a Dublin firm of accountants. His spare time was spent designing his analytical machine and in 1909 he presented the details to the Royal Dublin Society which brought him to international attention. In 1914 he lectured in Edinburgh at a special conference on mathematics and computing.
We are delighted to be able to honour and remember this great local man and mind.