Du Chatelet, Emilie

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Name
Du Chatelet, Emilie Gender: F
born on 17 December 1706
Place Paris, France, 48n52, 2e20
Timezone LMT m2e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Starkman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 25°13' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif or s_gemcol.18.gif



Emilie Du Chatelet

Biography

French mathematician, physicist, and author during the Age of Enlightenment. Her achievement is considered to be her translation and commentary on Isaac Newton's work Principia Mathematica. The translation, published posthumously in 1759, is still considered the standard French translation.

Voltaire, one of her lovers, declared in a letter to his friend King Frederick II of Prussia that du Châtelet was "a great man whose only fault was being a woman". She was also romantically linked with two other influential philosophers of the period, Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertius (1698–1759) and Julien Offray de La Mettrie (1709–1751).

Emilie Du Chatelet was the prodigy of her time. Her ability to understand the advanced mathematics was inconceivable. She spent her time as a student in the library, reading the most advanced mathematics books and becoming extremely knowledgeable. Her thirst for knowledge was only held back because she was a woman, and thus was not allowed into conventions. She was so eager to share her knowledge and learn more, that she dressed up as a man to enter conventions.

In May 1748, du Châtelet began an affair with the poet Jean François de Saint-Lambert and became pregnant. In a letter to a friend, she confided her fears that she would not survive her pregnancy. On 4 September 1749 at 4 am, she gave birth to a daughter, Stanislas-Adélaïde, but died a week later on 10 September 1749, at Lunéville, from a pulmonary embolism, at the age of 42.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • lover relationship with Voltaire (born 21 November 1694 (greg.))

Source Notes

Birth time unknown. Starkman rectified to 4.44.32 LMT

Categories

  • Traits : Mind : Child prodigy
  • Vocation : Science : Mathematics/ Statistics
  • Vocation : Writers : Translator
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Numbers