Women in STEM advent calendar: Day 6 – Maria Gaetana Agnesi

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

Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Maria Gaetana Agnesi

Mathematician
16 May 1718 – 9 Jan 1799
Italy

Maria Gaetana Agnesi was the first woman to write a maths textbook. The two volume work was considered the best introduction to algebra, analysis, and the then new field of differential and integral calculus. She was also the first woman elected to the Bologna Academy of Sciences, where she was appointed professor of mathematics by Pope Benedict XIV, although she chose not to serve.

For more on Maria Gaetana Agnesi:

 

Day 5 – Louise Bourgeois Boursier Day 7 – Hildegard of Bingen

Posted in Advent 2018.