physicist (1711 - 1778)

One of the many women in Italy who were scientists; she was an anatomist and natural philosopher who received the doctoral degree from the University of Bologna. She held the chair of anatomy there (appointed in 1732 by the Pope) and also gave lectures in physics (teaching over 28 years). She was an expert of equal worth in Latin, logic, metaphysics, natural philosophy, algebra, geometry, Greek, and French. She and her husband, Giuseppe Veratti, created one of the best experimental physics laboratories known in 18th century Europe. Her scientific papers consisted of one on chemistry, thirteen on physics, eleven on hydraulics, two on mathematics, one on mechanics and one on technology.

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