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Sofya Kovalevskaya whose nickname was Sonja was born in Moscow in 1850 the daughter of a general She started studying mathematics books as a girl encouraged by her uncle Pyotr but against the will of her father however soon after she started studying her father became aware of her remarkable talent and finally allowed her to take private lessons Sofya was born in Moscow Russia on January 141850 Her father Vasily Korvin-Krukovsky was the artillery general in the Czars army Her mother was Elizaveta Schubert Sofya was the second of three children born into the family Born in a strictly patriarchal society she had to undergo a Fixed marriage to gain the freedom to travel so in 1868 she married Vladimir Kovalevsky a paleontologist who had a troubled professional life and later committed suicide In Heidelberg Sofya received a special authorization to attend the lectures without being officially a student When she decided to move to Berlin to make the acquaintance of Weierstrass Weierstrass was a speaker in Heidelberg he gave sofya private lessons She and him Became great friends during this time In this period she wrote three mathematical papers for which she was awarded a doctorate summa cum laude from the University of Gttingen in 1874 once again on an exceptional basis However Weierstrass was unable to find Sofya an academic position because she was a woman so she returned to Russia and settled in St Petersburg her husbands home town upon completion of her doctorate During the next six years she devoted herself entirely to her family her daughter Fufa was born in 1878 to scientific journalism and to the promotion of womens right to higher education She was brought back to mathematics in 1880 at an International Congress held in St Petersburg where Chebyshev and Mittag-Leffler requested her to give a talk In 1880 she also returned to Berlin and visited Weierstrass and took
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