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15/01/1850 Russian mathematician Sofia Kovalevskaya is born

She made contributions to analysis, partial differential equations and mechanics. She was the first major Russian female mathematician and a pioneer for women in mathematics around the world. Kovalevskaya wrote several non-mathematical works as well, including a memoir, A Russian Childhood, and a partly autobiographical novel, Nihilist Girl.


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