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People consider mathematicians to be men This however is not entirely true Throughout history there have been many women mathematicians who have contributed just as much as the men One of these women mathematicians was German-born Emmy Noether Emmy Noether was born in Erlangen Germany on March 23 1882 She was named Amalie but always called Emmy She was the oldest of four children but one of only two that survived childhood Her brother Fritz also made a career of mathematics Her father was Max Noether a noted mathematician of his time Her mother was Ida Amalie for whom Emmy was named As a child Emmy Noether did not concentrate on mathematics She spent her time in school studying languages with a concentration on French and English Her mother taught her the traditional skills of a young woman of that time She learned to cook clean and play the clavier At the time of her graduation from high school she passed a test that allowed her to teach both French and English at schools for young women At the age of 18 Emmy Noether decided to take classes in mathematics at the University of Erlangen Her brother Fritz was a student there and her father was a professor of mathematics Because she was a woman the university refused to let Emmy Noether take classes they granted her permission to audit classes She sat in on classes for two years and then took the exam that would permit her to be a doctoral student in mathematics She passed the test and finally was a student in good standing at the University After five more years of study she was granted the second degree to a woman in the field of mathematics The first graduated a year earlier Now that Emmy Noether had her doctorate in mathematics she was ready to find a job teaching The University of Erlangen would not hire her
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