Blaise Pascal was born on June 9, 1623, in Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne, France. He was the third of Étienne Pascal's children and his only son. Pascal's mother, Antoinette Begon, died when he was only three years old. In 1632 the Pascal family, Étienne and his four children left Clermont and settled in Paris. Pascal's father had an interest in science and mathematics, was a local judge and member of the Noblesse de Robe.