# Mathematician:Sophie Germain

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## Mathematician

**Marie-Sophie Germain** was a French mathematician who contributed to differential geometry and number theory, and provided some insights into aspects of Fermat's Last Theorem.

She was completely self-taught (as women were not encouraged to do that sort of thing in those days) and contributed her early work under the pseudonym **Monsieur LeBlanc**.

Had Gauss and Lagrange as mentors, but apart from that, suffered throughout her career from prejudice against her gender.

## Nationality

French

## History

- Born: April 1, 1776, Paris, France
- Died: June 27, 1831, Kent, England

## Theorems and Definitions

Results named for **Sophie Germain** can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for **Sophie Germain** can be found here.

## Publications

*Oeuvres Philosophique de Sophie Germain*

## Sources

- 2008: Ian Stewart:
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