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Sofia Kovalevskaya

  • Russian mathematician
  • Born January 15, 1850
  • Died February 10, 1891

Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya (Russian: Со́фья Васи́льевна Ковале́вская), born Sofia Vasilyevna Korvin-Krukovskaya (15 January [O.S. 3 January] 1850 – 10 February 1891), was a Russian mathematician who made noteworthy contributions to analysis, partial differential equations and mechanics. She was a pioneer for women in mathematics around the world – the first woman to obtain a doctorate (in the modern sense) in mathematics, the first woman appointed to a full professorship in Northern Europe and one of the first women to work for a scientific journal as an editor.


Many who have had an opportunity of knowing any more about mathematics confuse it with arithmetic, and consider it an arid science. In reality, however, it is a science which requires a great amount of imagination.




Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.

Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.




It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.

It is impossible to be a mathematician without being a poet in soul.



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