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Thursday, March 22, 2012
“Russian Mathematician, Sofia Kovalevskaya" Read By:Tonya Utkina
Born in Russia in 1850, Sofia Kovalevskaya grew up with a passion for mathematics. But in 19th century Russia, women were barred from universities. Desperate for an education, Sofia contracted a "fictitious marriage" with Vladimir Kovalevsky, moved to Germany, and became the very first woman in Europe to earn a doctorate degree in mathematics.
Then Sofia moved to Sweden and got a teaching position at Stockholm University in 1889. It made her the very first Russian female professor in Europe, and she received high praise for her work.
Later in life, Sofia met Anna Carlotta Leffler – one of the best Swedish writers of her time and a fighter for women’s emancipation. The pair became close friends and collaborated on a number of novels.
After Sofia died of influenza in 1891, Anna Carlotta wrote her close friend’s defining biography.
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March 22nd, 2012
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