Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Interesting lady: Elena Lucrecia Cornaro Piscopia

Name: Elena Lucrecia
Surname: Cornaro Piscopia
Nationality: Italian
Date of birth: 5 June 1646, in Venice

Main achievements: She is the first woman to get a  doctor of philosophy degree
Subject: Aristotle
She spoke: Latin, Greek, French, Hebrew and Arabic
Main fields of study: Mathematics, Philosophy and Theology

Studied at: Padua University (thanks to her father's good influence)

Main challenges:  Officials in the Roman Catholic Church refused to confer the title of doctor of theology (she could teach the monks aftewards!), so she had to go for philosophy instead.

Funny fact: There were so many people who wanted to attend her oral examination that it had to be held at the Cathedral instead of the University

 More reading: agnes scott - wikipedia

She was born at the Loredan palace in Venice

The Cornaro window, at the Thompson Memorial library (USA) depicts the graduation ceremony and the disciplines she mastered: Grammar, Dialectics, Music, Philosophy, Astronomy, Medicine, Geometry and Theology.


  1. Hello Keiko, yes, I also found this story fascinating, we should know a bit more about her


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