Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal was Born in Clermont- Ferrand, which is in central France, on June 19, 1623. After his mother died when he was very young, he moved to Paris with his father, a civil official, and his two sisters. Under his fathers guidance he showed an early aptitude for mathematics and physics. Beginning at the age of 12, Pascal made lifelong contributions to the fields of mathematics and physical science.

Pascal is most notably known as the inventor of the first digital calculator between the years of 1642 and 1644. His original intention was to design a machine to help his father complete his work in a timely fashion. He also contributed to society by inventing the syringe and the hydraulic press. His vast studies in geometry, hydrostatic and atmospheric pressure along with hydrodynamics led him to these inventions as well as the principles of hydrostatics known as Pascal's law. In 1654 he established the mathematical theory of probability after working with Pierre de Fermat to answer a problem presented by a friend who was a gambler.

Pascal died in Paris in 1662 after spending his last years theorizing and writing on the subject of theology. His writings, titled Pensees, were published after his death.

Pascal is my favorite mathematician because of his signifacant contributions to our world that impact each one of us on a daily basis. Our lives would be vastly different without a calculator to solve mathematical problems or a syringe to deliver much needed medications and we have Blaise Pascal to thank for those.