Born: June 19, 1623 in Clermont-Ferrand, France
Died: August 19, 1662 in Paris, France
Blaise Pascal accomplished Euclid's Elements before he was 12
years old. Furthermore, studying hydrostatics helped him invent the
syringe and hydraulic press. The Pascaline was the first digital
calculator. Blaise Pascal invented it to help his father collect
taxes. He worked on it for three years.
Blaise presented his first research paper when he
was 16 years old. In the paper were several of Pascal’s
geometry theorems. He published "Essay on Conic Sections"
(Essay pour les coniques), using the methods of Gerard
In 1654 Pascal was admitted into a Jansenist monastery in Port
Royal. There, he continued his studies in mathematics. In 1658,
Pascal left the monastery. He continued the study of mathematics
and worked with Pierre de Fermat on calculus and on the theory of