Computer Scientist Serge Christian Pierre Belamant, a French citizen is the founder of the blockchain technologies patent. His invention has witnessed the creation of various cryptocurrencies that allow private entities, banks and governments to do banking process like deposits, investments and withdrawals securely. Born in 1953 in Tulle, France, Serge Belamant started his education in Johannesburg since his family settled there when he was 14. As he enrolled in Highlands North Boys’ High School, Serge had mastered to write and read in English language on top of his native French language. Serge won the respect from his fellow schoolmates because of his social character and participation in various games and activities like rugby. He became the science and bridge club’s captain in 1970 marking his start of leadership in the school. He won the Victor Ludorum the following year before becoming the school’s head prefect in 1972.Besides excelling in academic and rugby, Serge Belamant participated in chess and represented Southern Transvaal in many championships. In 1972 South African Chess School Championships, he finished sixth.
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Although Serge Belamant started his education at University of the Witwatersrand as an engineer, he switched to computer science and applied mathematics after two years. Belamant started his working career at 22 at Matrix, a civil engineering company. His development of computer application started while working with cyber computers and IBM, the time he developed applications that analyzed water levels in South Africa. The applications helped protect or predict future droughts by analyzing the levels of water in dams.He developed computer projects for CSIR, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and Pretoria based Witwatersrand and Vereeniging road planning program. His expertise helped the road project in creating graphic interfaces, statistical methods, and digital mapping.
Serge Belamant worked in many technology companies but his main achievement was in 1980’s as the head of the IT of SASWITCH Limited owned by the South African banks. He later founded Net 1 Technologies, the brains behind blockchain technology. The company invented a new technology in 2012 after winning a government contract under SASSA, South Africa Social Security Administration ,to pay grants to almost 10 million beneficiaries monthly. Belamant’s reputation continues to lead and he still remains as one of the founders of blockchain technology.