Blaise Pascal

1623 - 1662

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Blaise Pascal ( pass-KAL, also UK: -⁠KAHL, PASS-kəl, -⁠kal, US: pahs-KAHL; French: [blɛz paskal]; 19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosopher, and Catholic writer. Pascal was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. His earliest mathematical work was on conic sections; he wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of 16. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Blaise Pascal has received more than 5,596,528 page views. His biography is available in 136 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 131 in 2019). Blaise Pascal is the 2nd most popular mathematician, the 4th most popular biography from France (up from 5th in 2019) and the most popular French Mathematician.

Blaise Pascal is most famous for his contributions to mathematics and the invention of the first mechanical calculator.

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Over the past year Blaise Pascal has had the most page views in the with 659,076 views, followed by Spanish (447,085), and French (287,338). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Marathi (575.90%), (501.99%), and (412.75%)


Among mathematicians, Blaise Pascal ranks 2 out of 1,004Before him are Archimedes. After him are Carl Friedrich Gauss, Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, Euclid, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Leonhard Euler, Omar Khayyam, Al-Biruni, Hypatia, Bernhard Riemann, and Bertrand Russell.

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Among people born in 1623, Blaise Pascal ranks 1After him are William Petty, Ferdinand Verbiest, Antonio Cesti, Zhu Youlang, Margravine Hedwig Sophie of Brandenburg, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, François de Laval, Christian Louis I, Reinier Nooms, and Algernon Sidney. Among people deceased in 1662, Blaise Pascal ranks 1After him are Koxinga, Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, Archduke Leopold Wilhelm of Austria, Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria, Christina Magdalena of the Palatinate-Zweibrücken, Zhu Youlang, William, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Johann Crüger, Alfonso IV d'Este, Duke of Modena, Honoré II, Prince of Monaco, and Adriaen van de Venne.

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Among people born in France, Blaise Pascal ranks 4 out of 6,770Before him are Napoleon (1769), Louis XIV of France (1638), and René Descartes (1596). After him are Joan of Arc (1412), Voltaire (1694), Victor Hugo (1802), Louis Pasteur (1822), Louis XVI of France (1754), Claude Monet (1840), Jules Verne (1828), and Montesquieu (1689).


Among mathematicians born in France, Blaise Pascal ranks 1After him are Pierre de Fermat (1601), Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749), Henri Poincaré (1854), Joseph Fourier (1768), Jean le Rond d'Alembert (1717), Évariste Galois (1811), François Viète (1540), Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789), Pope Sylvester II (938), Sophie Germain (1776), and Marin Mersenne (1588).