Blaise Pascal

1623 - 1662

Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal ( pask-AL, also UK: -⁠AHL, PASK-əl, -⁠al, US: pah-SKAHL, French: [blɛz paskal]; 19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences, where he made important contributions to the study of fluids, and clarified the concepts of pressure and vacuum by generalising the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Blaise Pascal has received more than 3,316,030 page views. His biography is available in 126 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 2nd most popular mathematician.

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Among mathematicians, Blaise Pascal ranks 2 out of 746Before him are Archimedes. After him are Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi, Carl Friedrich Gauss, Euclid, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, Leonhard Euler, Omar Khayyam, Hypatia, Bertrand Russell, Fibonacci, and Pierre de Fermat.

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Among people born in 1623, Blaise Pascal ranks 1After him are William Petty, Ferdinand Verbiest, Zhu Youlang, Antonio Cesti, Margravine Hedwig Sophie of Brandenburg, and Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. 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, Honoré II, Prince of Monaco, Johann Crüger, William, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and François le Métel de Boisrobert.

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Among people born in France, Blaise Pascal ranks 7 out of 4,109Before him are Napoleon (1769), Louis XIV of France (1638), Joan of Arc (1412), René Descartes (1596), Voltaire (1694), and Victor Hugo (1802). After him are Molière (1622), Louis Pasteur (1822), Claude Monet (1840), Jules Verne (1828), Nostradamus (1503), and Jean-Paul Sartre (1905).


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

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