Serge Belamant and His Climb to the 1980s

Since the 70s, Serge Belamant of South Africa has made revolutionary invention after invention. All of it has drastically influenced the world of computers. One of these is his creative invention of the first iteration of blockchain technology in 1989. He invented this technology for use in smart cards. This technology in smart cards help banks and governments complete a wide variety of financial transactions more quickly. In addition, the blockchain technology was designed to help increase the transparency, accuracy of data and security of the banks of South Africa.

About Serge Belamant was born in France in 1953. When he was 14 his family moved to South Africa. There he excelled in both academics, athletics, chess, and bridge at the North High School for Boys. In 1972, he was made the Head Prefect. After graduating that same year, he began studying engineering at Witwatersrand University. During his second year there he switched to a concentration in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. For his third year, he transferred to the University of South Africa switched again to a concentration in Information Systems. Upon transferring, UNISA did not accept most of the credits he had earned from WU.

This meant in order to graduate he would have had to retake most of the classes beginning the next year. Instead of doing this, he quit school after his third year and immediately entered the workforce. His first job was with Matrix, a civil engineering company. While there Serge Belamant began a career of making his revolutionary innovations with computers. His first was creating software that analyzed water levels in dams. Serge Belamant then began working for the Council for Scientific and his Industrial Research who appointed him head of the computer department of the Pretoria, Witwatersrand and Vereeniging road planning project. In 1980 he began working for Control Data who named him analyst of the year that same year.

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