Thinker of the Week: Hypatia


Full Name: Hypatia of Alexandria

Born: 370

Died: 415

Hometown: Alexandria, Egypt

Fave Subjects: Minds and Bodies, The Universe, Math and Logic

Career Highlights:

  • one of the first female philosophers and mathematicians
  • invented one of the first astrolabes
  • had her own school of philosophy
  • librarian at the Library at Alexandria
  • dressed like the male philosophers of her time, and owned her own chariot
  • has a crater on the moon named after her

Big Question:

How do the moon, stars, and the whole universe work together?

Want to know even more about Hypatia and her astronomical ideas? Read about her in our ThinkAboutIt series!