0370 – Hypatia – bio

Hypatia was a Greek female mathematician, philosopher and astronomer, born around 370 in Alexandria, Egypt. She studied the works of Plato and Aristotle. Her father, Theon was a mathematician and philosopher at the University of Alexandria. She edited some of her fathers work and wrote commentaries on other works of the time, such as Euclid and Ptolemy. She became the head of the Platonist school in Alexandria at around 400. She had a reputation for being a charismatic lecturer and teacher and being able to explain complicated ideas in simple terms.

Hypatia invented the hydrometer to measure the relative density of liquids.

PRECURSOR:
-0425 – Plato
-0325 – Euclid
0085 – Ptolemy

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