Sofia Kovalevskaya

Mathematician, Academic

1850 – 1891

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Who was Sofia Kovalevskaya?

Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya was the first major Russian female mathematician, responsible for important original contributions to analysis, differential equations and mechanics, and the first woman appointed to a full professorship in Northern Europe. She was also one of the first women to work for a scientific journal as an editor.

There are several alternative transliterations of her name. She herself used Sophie Kowalevski, for her academic publications. After moving to Sweden, she called herself Sonya.

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Born
Jan 15, 1850
Moscow
Ethnicity
  • Romani people
  • Russian
Nationality
  • Russian Empire
Profession
Education
  • Stockholm University
  • University of Göttingen
  • Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg
Lived in
  • Moscow
Died
Feb 10, 1891
Stockholm
Resting place
Norra Begravningsplatsen

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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