3. Biography

Hypatia of Alexandria Egypt, a mathematician, philosopher, educator, and inventor during the first century AD, was allegedly brutally murdered because of her pagan beliefs and, perhaps jealous anger of another high-ranking city official who could not allow his “community” to consult with an intelligent women. She oversaw the greatest think tank of her time (Ptolemaic), the Museum of the University of Alexandria, after her father and mentor, Theon.

Several historical indexes cite her as the inventor of the astrolabe, planesphere, hydroscope (hydrometer), and editor of several important mathematical works, as well as an accomplished author of scientific and philosophical papers, few (if any) of which survive today. Her student, Synesius, wrote letters to her and some of these writings survive, though do not definitively state her as inventor or author.

At the time of Hypatia, Alexandria was a great center for scientific study, rivaling Athens and Rome (near its downfall). The international population there was not always tolerated, however, as the spread of Christianity into Egypt caused great unrest between Jews, Christians, and pagans.

This site’s purpose is to explore the time in which Hypatia worked as well as her accomplishments (which you will see are widely disputed).