27/06/1831 French mathematician Sophie Germain is born
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She was self-taught from books, and from lecture notes supplied by male friends attending the Ecole Polytechnique which Germain, as a woman, was not permitted to attend. Using a male pseudonym, M. LeBlanc, she corresponded with Lagrange who recognised her skill, and subsequently sponsored her work. She accomplished a limited proof of Fermat's last theorem.
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