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A Look at Some of History's Most Notable Accountants

Many well-known accountants have served in a variety of professions across society throughout history, the past, the present, and current culture as here below indicated:

In accounting, Luca Pacioli is known as "the Father."

For the first time, thanks to Luca, information on the double-entry system of accounting was made public. He was a Franciscan friar and Italian mathematician who worked with Leonardo da Vinci (who also took maths lessons from Pacioli).

There is a common belief that Luca Pacioli, a Venetian trader during the Renaissance, wrote the foundational writings for the double-entry accounting system. Many of Luca's accounting cycles and practices are still in use today. His work on the double entry accounting system is well documented, as is his attention to such topics as cost accounting, accounting ethics, Rule 72 (created a full century before Napier and Briggs), and trial balances.

This is J. P. Morgan.

This well-known banker and financier got his start in the industry as a Wall Street accountant. However, once his father passed away and left him the family firm, J.P. Morgan went on to establish himself as a leading figure in the world of finance and business. He started buying and integrating struggling enterprises, focusing on railroads.

The first cost accountant was Josiah Wedgwood.

Josiah Wedgwood was the first cost accountant, despite being better recognised for his pottery and ceramics business.

During a slow period in 1772, Josiah made an effort to track the factory's profit or loss on each product sold. The coal, storage, and transportation costs, in addition to the cost of goods and labour, made sense to him, and he recorded all of those costs.

William Welch Deloitte He formed the company that later became Deloitte & Touche as well as Pricewaterhouse Coopers 


Arthur Andersen Was the founder of the well-known company that bears his name.


William Cooper, The company's namesake and founder, laid the groundwork for what would later become PWC.


Technically speaking, Alwin and Theodore Ernst are the two guys, brothers, who laid the groundwork for what would later become Ernst and Young.


Charles Haskins was an accountant in New York who later joined forces with the other members.

William Lybrand, Adam and Edward Ross, and Robert Montgomery were among the numerous accountants who joined forces with the other professionals.


James Marwick was a Scottish accountant whose name is commemorated by the inclusion of the letter "M" in the firm's name.

William Peat was a London-based accountant whose firm later amalgamated with Marwick's. A key component of KPMG.


Price Waterhouse Coopers's Samuel Price is a member of the firm.


Elijah Sells, who ultimately formed a business partnership with Charles Haskins


It was George Touche, whose name was pronounced "Tock," who founded the company that eventually became part of Deloitte.


Price Waterhouse Coopers's Edwin Waterhouse 


Frederick Whinney was a successful businessman whose company would later merge with Ernst and Young.


Arthur Young was a Scotsman who established an accounting firm in Chicago, which later amalgamated with Ernst and Young.

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