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Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil

Birthplace: Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Louis Nicolas Le Tonnelier, baron de Breteuil and Gabrielle Anne de Froulay
Wife of Florent Claude du Châtelet
Mother of Louis Marie Florent du Châtelet
Sister of Charles Auguste Le Tonnelier de Breteuil and Théodore de Breteuil

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About Emilie du Châtelet

Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise du Chatelet (17 December 1706, Paris – 10 September 1749, Lunéville) was a French mathematician, physicist, and author during the Age of Enlightenment. Her crowning achievement is considered to be her translation and commentary on Isaac Newton's work Principia Mathematica; published in 1759, ten years after her death, hers is still the standard translation in French.

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"


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Emilie du Châtelet's Timeline

December 17, 1706
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
June 12, 1725
Age 18
November 20, 1727
Age 20
Semur-en-Auxois, Côte-d'Or, Burgandy, France
September 10, 1749
Age 42