Friday, February 21, 2014

EBD's Woman Scientist of the Day - Hypatia of Alexandria

Daughter of Theon, member of the Museum of Alexandria.  Hypatia studied, wrote and taught on mathematics and astronomy.  Studies even included use of the astrolabe.  Apparently, her public records drew crowds, but the idea of a woman exerting such influence and education distressed conservatives, and a group of them tracked her to a temple and beat her to death with roofing tiles.