who is the father of the computer?
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Kathy's answer is awesome. Also big +1 for Steve's point on Lovelace. One way of looking at it is that Babbage is the father of a digital calculator thing, Lovelace is the mother of actually doing more arbitrary computing (not just rote math), and Turing is the father of modern computer science.
There's other contributors as well. Boole did a bunch of work on logic.
We definitely can't omit von Neumann either, who you can think of as designing the original concept for a CPU. Without von Neumann, all computing would be really ungainly.
And there's many others... it's a big field :)
Definitely consider finding some books on the history of computing if you're interested in this stuff. There's also a museum somewhere in the bay area.