1816, First Woman to Win a Prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences
On this day January 8, 1816, Sophie Germain became the very first woman to win a prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences and she won the prize for her paper on elasticity.
She was one of the pioneers of elasticity theory. Sophie‘s work on Fermat’s Last Theorem provided a foundation for mathematicians exploring the subject for hundreds of years after. She born April 1, 1776, in Paris, France, and died June 27, 1831 (aged 55).