Hypatia of Alexandria


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Hypatia of Alexandria

Born around 370, died around 415 in Alexandria, Egypt

Hypatia seems to had been the first woman to make a mark on the development of mathematics. She was a daughter of a mathematician Theon of Alexandria and is reported to have become part of the famous Alexandrian School of mathematics.

She is most famous as the first known woman mathematician. There is also a myth related to her death - it is sometimes said that Hypatia was murdered by a fanatical sect of Christians, sometimes that she suffered a violent death because she was a Christian and that pagans had murdered her. Her death is often also linked with the destruction of the Alexandrian library.

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