Hypatia: The First Lady of Mathematics

The first noted female mathematician is Hypatia, who was born close to 355 A.D.  She was a very independent woman, wearing the clothes of a scholar and driving her own chariot.  She is well known for her mathematical work and her teachings, all of which survived well because they are explained in ways that are easy to understand.  Her life ended tragically due to political turmoil, but her work lived on as Descartes, Newton, and Leibniz expanded it.

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