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Author: Châtelet, Gabrielle Emilie du

Spouse/other names:Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Emilie
Year of birth:1706
Year of death:1749
About her personal situation:Died in childbirth, one week after giving birth to a supposedly illegitimate daughter (out of an affair with Jean François de Saint-Lambert). Zinsser (2006:278) standardizingjul12jdg: Origin • Location where born : Paris 17-12-1706 • Locations where lived : Paris • Location where died : unknown 10-09-1749 National identity • Nationality : French • Mother tongue : French Marital status : married 1725, liaison (with Voltaire 1729, Jean François de Saint-Lambert 1748) Number of children : 4 (2 sons, 1 daughter, 1 daughter illegitimate) Social class : nobility by marriage Religion/ideology : unknown Health: - Died in childbirth, one week after giving birth

Relations to other authors:
Friend of Boufflers, Marquise de

About her professional situation:Translator - "figure de médiation, établissant des liens entre la culture anglaise et française, entre deux disciplines aujourd'hui séparées (la philosophie et la physique) ainsi qu'entre géomètres et gens de lettres" (résumé de l'art. de Judith P. Zinsser, "Entrepreneur of the 'Republic of Letters'", dans French Historical Studies, 25, 2002, 595-624. - to be considered as a scholar standardizingjul12jdg: Profession(s) and activities : - to be considered as a scholar - translator from English, Latin Languages in which she published : - French Collaboration/connections with male authors : - Voltaire - Jean François de Saint-Lambert Memberships : - Arcadia
Elements of bibliography:Mentioned in: - La Porte 1769 IV 311-334 - Boudier de Villemert 1778 - Briquet 1804 - Jacquinet, Les femmes de France poètes et prosateurs, 1886 - Henri Carton, Histoire des femmes ecrivains de la France, 1886 - Desplantes et Pouthier, 1890 - Larnac, 1921 - Mitterand, Littérature XVIIIe 1987, p.119 (98, 110, 130, 283) - Buck, Guide to women's literature, 1992 - Lettres européennes (Dutch version 1994) II, 645. Cf. - Agnès Whitfield, "Emilie du Châtelet, traductrice de Newton, ou la 'traduction-confirmation'", in Jean Delisle (ed.), Portraits de traductrices. Ottawa, 2002, pp. 87-116. - Judith P. Zinsser, “The Marquise Du Châtelet: Legends and Legacies”, in ASECS 2006, Montreal: On the occasion of the Marquise Du Châtelet’s tercentenerary, it is appropriate that scholars revisit not only her innovative works as a physician/philosophe/geomètre but also the legends surrounding her life and accomplishments. For example, she is remembered more for the fifteen year liaison with Voltaire than for her original synthesis, the Institutions de Physique.
Websites: Women
SIEFAR: several early biographical dictionaries on her
Online biography and portrets
Bio- and bibliography in English
Traduction d'un discours de Thomas Woolston
Émilie du Châtelet on Wikipedia

Editors: Emma van den Eynde (update on 12 December 2009)
Suzan van Dijk (update on 24 March 2010)
Suzan van Dijk (update on 29 March 2010)
Emma van den Eijnde (update on 22 May 2010)
Suzan van Dijk (update on 11 February 2012)
Janouk de Groot (update on 12 July 2012)
Suzan van Dijk (update on 16 February 2013)
Suzan van Dijk (update on 21 July 2014)
Suzan van Dijk (update on 21 July 2014)
Suzan van Dijk (update on 20 August 2014)

Works written by this author

E 1 *Lettres (1759)
E 2 *Madame du Châtelet, the author ()
E 3 Dissertation sur la nature et la propagation du feu (1737)
E 4 Institutions physiques (1740)
E 5 Opuscules philosophiques et littéraires; Réflexions sur le bonheur (1796)
E 6 Principes mathématiques de la Philosophie naturelle (1759)

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