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Elena Cornaro Piscopia

Philosopher and Mathematician Elena Cornaro Piscopia

Full Name: Helen Cornaro
Profession: Philosopher and Mathematician


Biography: An esteemed musician and philosopher of her time, Piscopia was the first woman to receive an academic degree and a PhD degree from a university.

Born: June 5, 1646
Birthplace: Venice, Republic of Venice
Star Sign: Gemini

Died: July 26, 1684 (aged 38)
Cause of Death: Tuberculosis

Historical Events

  • 1678-06-25 Venetian Elena Cornaro Piscopia is awarded a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Padua, 1st woman to receive a university doctoral degree or PhD