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, writer, and Catholic theologian. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's 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 4,369,492 page views. His biography is available in 127 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 126 in 2019). Blaise Pascal is the 2nd most popular mathematician, the 7th most popular biography from France 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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Among mathematicians, Blaise Pascal ranks 2 out of 828Before him are Archimedes. After him are Carl Friedrich Gauss, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Leonhard Euler, Omar Khayyam, Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, Euclid, Hypatia, Bertrand Russell, Pierre de Fermat, and Fibonacci.

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

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Among people born in France, Blaise Pascal ranks 7 out of 5,234Before him are Napoleon (1769), Louis XIV of France (1638), René Descartes (1596), Joan of Arc (1412), Charlemagne (748), and Voltaire (1694). After him are Louis Pasteur (1822), Victor Hugo (1802), Claude Monet (1840), Montesquieu (1689), Jules Verne (1828), and Molière (1622).


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