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Anecdotes: The Babbage River Disclosure Number: IPCOM000129806D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jun-30
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Oct-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 13K

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Keith Smillie: AUTHOR [+2]


Department of Computer Science University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta Canada

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Copyright ©; 1994 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Anecdotes: The Babbage River

Keith Smillie

Department of Computer Science University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta Canada

The Northern Yukon National Park is a wilderness area of 6~319 square miles situated in the northwest corner of the Yukon, about 590 miles north of the capital White Horse. The park is dominated by the British Mountains, which rise to a height of 5,900 feet, and is traversed by the Malcolm, Firth, and Babbage Rivers which flow into the Beaufort Sea. Yukon: Places & Names, by R.C. Coutts (Gray's Publishing Limited. Sidney, B.C., 1980), has the following entry for the last- named river:

(Image Omitted: BABBAGE RIVER 69 14'N 138 27'W (117-D). Flows into the Beaufort Sea near Herschel Island. It was one of the earliest features named in the Yukon Territory when it was found by John Franklin, RN (later Sir). during his second Arctic expedition in 1826. Charles Babbage was a noted British mathematician and a founder of the Royal Astronomical Society.

The Eskimos call it "Cook-Keaktok" or "Rocky River.")

The entry in Coutts' book for Herschel Island states that it was first sighted by Franklin in 1826 and named by him after the astronomer William Herschel. We recall that Herschel's son, John, was a friend of Babbage's at Cambridge, and that he, Babbage, and George Pe...