Sofya Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya
Sofya Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya, a distinguished female mathematician, displayed outstanding brilliance through her mathematical abilities, as well as the magnitude of her major contributions she struggled to accomplish. She wrote and published exceptional essays that focused on the significant discoveries she made. Also, she had an impact on the women’s rights movement, influencing other women to enter scientific and mathematical fields (Wilson 123). Her published accomplishments and inspirations not only benefitted the mathematical and scientific worlds, but they benefitted her reputation with the recognition she received.
Kovalevskaya was born in Moscow, Russia on January 15, 1850. As a young child, she was exposed to mathematics, having been exposed to her father’s old calculus notes that were covered on her nursery wall in replacement for the shortage of wall paper (Cooke 89). At the age of fifteen, Kovalevskaya figured out the rudiments of trigonometry on her own so that she could be inclined to understand the optics section of a book in which she was reading at the time (Cooke 89). In September 1868, Sofya married Vladmir Kovalevskaya in order for her to be permitted to attend a Switzerland university (Wilson, Becky). Kovalevskaya was recommended to move to Berlin to be privately tutored for four years by the famous mathematician, Karl Weierstrass (Cooke 89). “Her regular meetings with Weierstrass brought her knowledge of mathematician analysis up to the level of the very best student in the world” (Cooke 89). As a result of the four studious years Kovalevskaya spent with Weierstrass, she expanded her knowledge of differential equations, and she wrote three doctoral essays believing she would not receive a degree without astonishing evidence of her capabilities. In 1874, she received a doctorate in absentia from the University of Gottingen, summa cum laude.
In 1878 Kovalevskaya gave birth to her daughter, Vladimorovna...