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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 5,483,172 page views. His biography is available in 131 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 127 in 2019). Blaise Pascal is the 2nd most popular mathematician, the 5th most popular biography from France (up from 7th 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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Among mathematicians, Blaise Pascal ranks 2 out of 823Before him are Archimedes. After him are Carl Friedrich Gauss, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, Leonhard Euler, Omar Khayyam, Euclid, Hypatia, Bertrand Russell, Al-Biruni, and Bernhard Riemann.

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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, Margravine Hedwig Sophie of Brandenburg, François de Laval, 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, Zhu Youlang, Ferdinand Charles, Archduke of Austria, Alfonso IV d'Este, Duke of Modena, Christina Magdalena of the Palatinate-Zweibrücken, Honoré II, Prince of Monaco, Johann Crüger, William, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and Adriaen van de Venne.

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Among people born in France, Blaise Pascal ranks 5 out of 6,011Before him are Napoleon (1769), Louis XIV of France (1638), René Descartes (1596), and Joan of Arc (1412). After him are Louis Pasteur (1822), Voltaire (1694), Victor Hugo (1802), Claude Monet (1840), Montesquieu (1689), Louis XVI of France (1754), and Jules Verne (1828).


Among mathematicians born in France, Blaise Pascal ranks 1After him are Pierre de Fermat (1601), Pierre-Simon Laplace (1749), Henri Poincaré (1854), Jean le Rond d'Alembert (1717), Joseph Fourier (1768), Évariste Galois (1811), Pope Sylvester II (938), François Viète (1540), Augustin-Louis Cauchy (1789), Sophie Germain (1776), and Gaspard Monge (1746).