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high-level computer programming language, 1971, named for French scholar Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), who invented a calculating machine c.1642.
pascal pas·cal (pā-skāl', pä-skäl')
A unit of pressure equal to one newton per square meter.
|Pascal, Blaise 1623-1662. |
French mathematician, physicist, and philosopher who, with Pierre de Fermat, developed the mathematical theory of probability. He also contributed to the development of differential calculus, and he invented the mechanical calculator and the syringe. The pascal unit of pressure is named after him.