Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia is considered the first woman in the world to have graduated. His birth, which took place on June 5, 1646, was celebrated today by a Google doodle. In 1678 he obtained his degree in philosophy at the University of Padua.
Born in Venice, natural daughter of the noble Giovanni Battista Cornaro, prosecutor of San Marco and a commoner, she soon became fond of studies, for which she showed great predisposition. The father (educated man, patron and in contact with many scholars) had her studied with the theologian Giovanni Battista Fabris, the Latinist Giovanni Valier, the Greek scholar Alvise Gradenigo, the theology professor Felice Rotondi and the rabbi Shemel Aboaf. In addition to Greek, Latin and Hebrew, Elena Cornaro also studied Spanish, French, Arabic, Aramaic. Of course, music was not lacking in his studies.
Elena Cornaro Piscopia the first woman graduate in the world?
Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia is considered the first woman graduated in philosophy. Before her, however, the chronicles recall at least three women graduates: Bettisia Gozzadini (who obtained a law degree from the University of Bologna in 1237) and the Spanish Isabella Losa (graduated in theology in the 16th century) and Juliana Morell (a law graduate in 1608). However, to find another woman who graduated after her, we will have to wait until 1732, when Laura Bassi graduated in law in Bologna.