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Extraordinary Women: Mary Somerville

Elisabetta Strickland

Fri 1 March
7:30 pm
- 9:00 pm GMT

£4.00 – £40.00
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This talk is the first in our series about Extraordinary Women; three evening talks and a full day symposium – see a list of all the talks here before you buy your tickets. You can save money by booking to attend the whole series, please see options below. As usual you can book tickets to come to Queen Square OR to watch online.

In the first of our Extraordinary Women series of talks, uncover the fascinating life of the Scottish scientist and popular writer, Mary Fairfax Somerville (1788-1872).

Mary lived when study and research for women was forbidden. This talk describes the fight of one great dame for equal rights and opportunities for women. Barely able to read and write, her self-taught scientific competence opened doors to improve educational opportunities and access to schools for women.

Elisabetta Strickland, University of Rome. Elisabetta is honorary professor at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. She has been Vice-President of the National Institute of Advanced Mathematics (INdAM) from 2007 to 2015. She is the author of the book The Ascent of Mary Somerville in 19th Century Society.


Full series – three evening talks PLUS the one day symposium – member £20 / non-member £40

Three talks – three evening talks (NO symposium) – member £10 / non-member £20

Single talk – single talk only – member £4 / non-member £8

All day symposium – tickets included in full series, or for symposium-only tickets go to this page

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