# History of decimal fractions

Decimal fractions were first developed and used in the 1st century BC by the Chinese. After sometime they spread to the Middle East and from there to Europe.

The Immanuel Bonfils ( Jewish mathematician) invented **decimal fraction** around 1350, but didn’t develop any notation to represent them. A forerunner of modern European **decimal** notation was introduced by Simon Stevin in the 16th century.

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