Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 4 – Wang Zhenyi

This winter, we are celebrating the festive season by honouring 25 amazing women in STEM, some of which you might not know of!

Wang Zhenyi

Wang Zhenyi

Astronomer, mathematician
1768 – 1797

An acclaimed Qing Dynasty scholar, Wang Zhenyi studied the movements of the sun, moon and planets, describing the relationship between solar and lunar eclipses and devising a demo to explain the latter. She also wrote about gravity and how to calculate equinoxes. She simplified complex mathematical proofs and texts, and developed easier methods for multiplication and division.

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Day 3 – Dr Susan La Flesche Picotte Day 5 – Louise Bourgeois Boursier

Posted in Advent 2018.