Laura Bassi #WHM23 #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInSTEM
Today we celebrate the significant achievements of 18th century teacher and scientist Laura Bassi, who lived and worked in Bologna during the enlightenment. Bassi was a trailblazer for women in Academic Europe. From the Brooklyn Museum:
Laura Bassi significantly broadened the horizons of scientific culture in Enlightenment Italy. Her achievements lie less in the publication of landmark theses—in fact, she published very little—but in her role as a teacher of advanced ideas and as an advocate of experimental research. She received a doctoral degree from the University of Bologna in 1732 and became a salaried professor of natural philosophy and mathematics, rising to the chair of experimental physics in 1776. She was among the first scientists in Italy to teach Newtonian physics and, along with her husband, Giuseppe Veratti, she also made Bologna a center for experimental research in electricity.
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