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Hypatia

Mathematician, Astronomer (370-415)



Hypatia was a Roman woman who, unlike most women during her time, received a good education. Hypatia studied mathematics, astronomy and natural science, and was appointed as the head of the University of Alexandria. She taught mathematics and philosophy. Hypatia wrote many books about math, and even invented several scientific instruments. Because of her teachings, a new ruler became angry with Hypatia and she was murdered. Her writings were destroyed, but she is one of the most well known women scientists in history.

Link: Biography of Hypatia - About.com

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Information adapted from History of Women in Science for Young People by Vivian Sheldon Epstein.