Joseph M. Jacquard, Joseph Marie Jacquard.
An old clerk, who made up the master's accounts, gave Jacquard
some lessons in mathematics.
heard of this, and while walking one day in the fields according to his custom, he turned the subject over in his mind, and contrived the plan of a machine for the purpose.
His friend, the manufacturer, again furnished him with the means of carrying out his idea, and in three weeks Jacquard
had completed his invention.