Why is Haydn called the Father of the String Quartet?

Why is Haydn called the Father of the String Quartet?
Haydn is known as the father of the String Quartet because he was the first one to perform in public with a string queartet. A string Quartet was not well viewed before Haydn. But when he started using it, then it became like a signature for the classical period.
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