Blaise Pascal Biography

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. 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 generalizing the work of Evangelista Torricelli. Pascal also wrote in defense of the scientific method.

In 1642, while still a teenager, he started some pioneering work on calculating machines. After three years of effort and fifty prototypes, he was one of the first two inventors of the mechanical calculator. He built 20 of these machines in the following ten years. Pascal was an important mathematician, helping create two major new areas of research: he wrote a significant treatise on the subject of projective geometry at the age of 16, and later corresponded with Pierre de Fermat on probability theory, strongly influencing the development of modern economics and social science. Following Galileo and Torricelli, in 1646, he refuted Aristotle's followers who insisted that nature abhors a vacuum. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Blaise Pascal
Nationality:
France
Profession:
Physicist, Writer, Philosopher, Mathematician, Inventor
Ethnicity:
French people
Religion:
Catholicism
Date of Birth:
June 19, 1623
Astrological Sign:
Gemini
Date of Death:
August 19, 1662
Age at Death:
39
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