The very first female mathematician


Hypatia (hi-PAY-sha) was alive from 370 B. C. to 415 B. C. She was the first woman to influence the study of Mathematics. She was raised in Alexandria, Egypt. Her interests were mainly mathemaics and astronomy. Not only was she born in Alexandria, she died there too.

Alexandria, Egypt

The second largest city in Egypt happens to be Alexandria. It also happens to be the second largest metropolitan area, next to Greater Cairo.

Hypatia's Knowledge

Everything must have a beginning, and Hypatia's knowledge began with her father, Theon, who was considered one of the smartest men in Alexandria, Egypt. He gave his daughter most of what she knows about Mathematics and astronomy. She was also given a scholarship for Agnes Scott College, located in Atlanta, Georgia. (To the right)

Hypatia's Accomplishments and Contributions

Like any good mathemetician, Hypatia contributed many things toward the history of Mathematics. Hypatia was, again, the first women to be involved in mathematics. Hypatia also wrote many treatises, which are detailed papers similar to essays. Her treatises were destroyed during the ages, but some of her work was about "Amagest," and "The Conics of Apollonius".

Hypatia had extensive knowledge about math and astronomy. She used that knowledge in a teaching career at the Neoplatonic School. (Unknown area) Hypatia didn't like to be labeled as a woman. Hypatia wrote the treatise about the movement of the planets called Astronomical Canon and contributed it into the overall study of Mathematics.


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