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Marie-Sophie Germain

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Marie-Sophie can stretch and flatten her body, like an elastic band. At times she has difficulty controlling just how elastic she makes parts of body become, this makes her very susceptible to being wounded by sharp, cutting objects.
Marie-Sophie Germain
Occupation: Computer Scientist
Born: 1776
Died: 1831
Nationality: French

Marie-Sophie was a French mathematician and one of the pioneers of elasticity theory. Born in Paris, France. When she was 13, the french revolution forced her to stay inside, to keep herself busy she turned to her father's library and became fascinated with Mathematics. It is said that at night she would wait till her parents were asleep and by candlelight do mathematics.

Marie-Sophie published her prize-winning essay in 1821, for which she won the grand prize from the Paris Academy of Sciences. The Academy of Sciences established the Sophie Germain Prize in her honour.
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  1. Marie-Sophie wrote letters to Mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss under a male pseudonym. Carl only learned of her true identity when Germain, fearing for his safety during the French occupation of Hannover in 1807, asked a friend to find out where he was and ensure he was ok.

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Marie-Sophie features in our signature card game, Top Quarkz. The game supports development of maths, literacy and decision making skills all while learning about some of the most impressive scientific discoveries throughout history.

We've explained the drawing and her playing card below so you can learn more about both her superhero and her real-life identity.
We gave Marie-Sophie the power of Elasticity as she was one of the pioneers of elasticity theory.
The building in the background of the drawing is the Paris Academy of Sciences.
On Marie-Sophie's belt are the letters "NT". Marie-Sophie became interested in number theory in 1798. After learning more about it she started writing on number theory, and later, elasticity.
Marie-sophie published her prize-winning essay on Elasticity Theory in 1821.
Marie-Sophie was born in Paris, France
Hertha Ayrton was a mathematician, physicist and suffragette.
Marie-Sophie needs to be careful of sharp objects that could slice through her when she flattens herself.
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