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The Women Scientists of Bologna

Eighteenth-century Bologna provided a rare liberal environment in which brilliant women could flourish

Maria Cieslak-Golonka, Bruno Morten

Until the twentieth century women rarely had access to higher education, and those that did were often discouraged from pursuing scientific careers. One important exception was a group of rare and remarkable women scientists and physicians who flourished in the liberal environment of eighteenth-century Bologna. The authors offer us short biographies of the most siginficant of these women.


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