Paul Otlet

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope

Paul OtletName: Paul Marie Ghislain Otlet

Born: August 23, 1868, in Brussels, Belgium

Death: December 10, 1944 (Age: 76)

Computer-related contributions

  • Father of information science.
  • French-speaking Belgian author, entrepreneur, visionary, lawyer, and peace activist.
  • Created the Universal Decimal Classification, one of the most prominent examples of faceted classification.
  • Responsible for the widespread adoption in Europe of the standard American 3x5 inch index card used until recently in most library catalogs around the world.

Significant publications

  • Essai d'universalisme (1935).
  • Traité de Documentation (1934).