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Gabrielle Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil

Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Paris, Ile-de-France, France
Death: September 10, 1749 (42)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Louis Nicolas Le Tonnelier, baron de Breteuil and Gabrielle Anne de Froulay
Wife of Florent Claude du Châtelet
Partner of Jean François de Saint-Lambert
Mother of Stanislas-Adélaïde du Châtelet and 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
November 20, 1727
Age 20
Semur-en-Auxois, Côte-d'Or, Burgandy, France
September 4, 1749
Age 42
September 10, 1749
Age 42