Sophie Germain

Mathematician Sophie Germain Full Name: Sophie Germain [Marie-Sophie Germain]
Nationality:

French

Profession: Mathematician
Why Famous: One of the pioneers of elasticity theory, Germain won the grand prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences for her essay on the subject titled "Recherches sur la théorie des surfaces élastiques".

Her work on Fermat's Last Theorem provided a foundation for mathematicians exploring the subject for hundreds of years after.

Born: April 1, 1776
Star Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

Died: June 27, 1831 (aged 55)

Historical Events in the Life of Sophie Germain

  • 1816-01-08 Sophie Germain is the first woman to win a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences for her paper on elasticity

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