Sophie Germain

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Birthday
1, 1776
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jun 27, 1831 (55)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
1, 1776
Birthplace
France
Death Date
Jun 27, 1831 (55)

About

Late 18th and early 19th-century mathematician, scientist, and philosopher. She is remembered for her contributions to number theory, differential geometry, and elasticity theory.

Before Fame

Her gender barred her from higher education; nevertheless, she corresponded with famous scientists and mathematicians and earned a high degree of proficiency in her chosen fields.

Trivia

She did a good deal of work on Pierre de Fermat's famous Last Theorem.

Family Life

She and her younger sister were the daughters of a Parisian silk merchant.

Associated With

She corresponded early in her career with German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss.