Hypatia

Philosopher, Mathematician, Astronomer

400 A.D.

Alexandria

Hypatia was a philosopher, mathematician and astronomer born in Alexandria approximately 350 A.D. In a time when women had few rights, Hypatia was a confident and brilliant scientist and educator. She became head of the Neoplatonist school at Alexandria around 400 A.D., where she taught the philosophy of Aristotle and Plato to a diverse culture of students. Hypatia was a champion of knowledge and learning. She was one of the last scientists to access the vast Library of Alexandria. She worked at the library until her death, in 415 A.D., at the hands of a Christian mob, the result of a conflict between the governor of Alexandria, Orestes, and the Archbishop Cyril.