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Blaise Pascal
Grandfather of Calculators
(1623 - 1662)
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Blaise Pascal Blaise Pascal had an educated father from a long time accounting family working for the king of France. Father had an education plan for Blaise and it didn't include mathematics. All math books were removed, so the young boy wouldn't miss on social sciences. However, Pascal only used his father's social position to meet influential scientists and pass his works to them.

At 16 he wrote his renowned tract about conical sections which launched him into scientific circles.

When his father was appointed a tax accountant to Normandy, Pascal invented a calculating machine to help his father with this burdensome job. The machine could do four basic arithmetic operations and was the first calculator of modern times.