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Laura Bassi

1711 - 1778

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Laura Maria Caterina Bassi Veratti (29 October 1711 – 20 February 1778) was an Italian physicist and academic. Recognized and depicted as "Minerva" (goddess of wisdom), she was the first woman to have a doctorate in science, and the second woman in the world to earn the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Working at the University of Bologna, she was also the first salaried female teacher in a university. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Laura Bassi has received more than 452,229 page views. Her biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Laura Bassi is the 164th most popular physicist (down from 135th in 2019), the 788th most popular biography from Italy (down from 675th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Italian Physicist.

Laura Bassi was an Italian physicist and mathematician who became the first woman to teach at a European university. She was also the first woman to receive a doctorate in physics from a European university.

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Among physicists, Laura Bassi ranks 164 out of 717Before her are Michio Kaku, Willard Boyle, Murray Gell-Mann, Steven Weinberg, Donald A. Glaser, and Polykarp Kusch. After her are Georges Charpak, Benjamin Thompson, James Rainwater, Leon Cooper, Robert H. Goddard, and Igor Kurchatov.

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Among people born in 1711, Laura Bassi ranks 6Before her are David Hume, Qianlong Emperor, Mikhail Lomonosov, Roger Joseph Boscovich, and William IV, Prince of Orange. After her are Barbara of Portugal, Wenzel Anton, Prince of Kaunitz-Rietberg, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Elisabeth Therese of Lorraine, Ablai Khan, and Georg Wilhelm Richmann. Among people deceased in 1778, Laura Bassi ranks 6Before her are Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Voltaire, Carl Linnaeus, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, and Anna Maria Mozart. After her are James Hargreaves, Louis Victor, Prince of Carignano, Thomas Arne, Étienne-Gabriel Morelly, William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, and Alvise Giovanni Mocenigo.

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Among people born in Italy, Laura Bassi ranks 788 out of 4,668Before her are Lucius Cornelius Cinna (-135), Ferruccio Busoni (1866), Charles Martel of Anjou (1271), Lorenzo Lotto (1480), Peter, King of Hungary (1011), and Italo Balbo (1896). After her are Gian Gastone de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany (1671), Poliziano (1454), Carlo Gozzi (1720), Herod Agrippa II (28), Curzio Malaparte (1898), and Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary (1776).


Among physicists born in Italy, Laura Bassi ranks 5Before her are Alessandro Volta (1745), Evangelista Torricelli (1608), Enrico Fermi (1901), and Luigi Galvani (1737). After her are Emilio Segrè (1905), Giorgio Parisi (1948), Francesco Maria Grimaldi (1618), Ettore Majorana (1906), Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746), Carlo Rubbia (1934), and Bruno Pontecorvo (1913).