Who was Elena Cornaro Piscopia? – Everything You Need to Know about Elena
Cornaro Piscopia, first woman in the world to receive a Ph.D. degree. Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia was born on
5th June 1646. She was a Venetian philosopher of noble descent,
who was one of the first women to receive an academic degree from a university, and
in 1678 she became the first woman in the world to receive a Ph.D. degree. In 1664, her father was chosen to become the
treasurer of St. Mark’s, a coveted position among Venetian nobility. At that point, her father was second only
to the Doge of Venice in terms of precedence. Because of this connection, Lady Elena was
prominent in the Marriage of the Sea celebration, even though she was born illegitimate. Her father tried to arrange betrothals for
her several times. She rebuffed each man’s advances, as she had
taken a vow of chastity at the age of eleven. In 1665 she took the habit of a Benedictine
Oblate without, however, becoming a nun. She died on 26 July 1684.

6 thoughts on “Who was Elena Cornaro Piscopia? – Everything You Need to Know about first Women Ph.D. Degree Holder.”

  1. June 5th, 1944… something very important happened that even the movies about WW2 seem to ignore and so is Google. I bet the events of June 6th, 1944 and its heroes also won't get a doodly mention from Skynet–I mean Google.

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