I was born in Paris, and my father was Principal Secretary and Introducer of Ambassadors to King Louis XIV, especially wellrespected writers and scientists.
Despite my mother's threats to send me to a convent, my father arranged training for me in fencing and riding, plus he hired special tutors so I became fluent by age 12 in Latin, Italian, Greek and German...and mathematics and science.
As a teenager, I loved to dance, played the harpsichord, sang opera, was an amateur actress...and when short of money for books, I used my mathematical knowledge to devise highly successful strategies for gambling.
At age 26, I focused on learning mathematics from Moreau de Maupertuis, a former student of Johann Bernoulli, and Alexis Clairaut, a mathematical prodigy known best for Clairaut's equation/theorem.
As a mathematician during the Age of Enlighenment, my claim to fame is the stillrespected translation and commentary on Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica.
And yes, I was one of Voltaire's lovers, even after my "arranged" marriage to the Marquis FlorentClaude du ChastelletLomont.
In portraits of me, I am often shown holding a pair of dividers or a page of geometrical calculations...but there is an interesting story behind that...
Answer:
Émilie du Châtelet (1706  1749)
