“At a time when women had few options and were treated as property, Hypatia move freely and unself-consciously through the traditional male domains. By all accounts, she was a great beauty.” – Carl Sagan on Hypatia of Alexandria, in Cosmos
(ca. AD 350/370–415) Hypatia of Alexandria was a mathematician and philosopher. She was the daughter of a mathematician named Theon Alexandricus and last librarian of the Library of Alexandria in ancient Roman Egypt. Hypatia was educated in Athens and Italy and became the head of the Platonist school at Alexandria. Her notable students included Plato and Aristotle. Hypatia is regarded as the first woman to have made substantial contributions to math.