Born in 1768 in the Anhui province in China, Wang Zhenyi, is remembered as a famous female scientist from the Qing dynasty. She held a progressive belief that a woman could display her talents to the fullest and that learning was not just for men, but for men and women.
Considered to be one of the last great thinkers of ancient Alexandria and one of the first women to study and teach mathematics, astronomy and philosophy. She became the head of the Platonist school at Alexandria, lecturing on mathematics and philosophy. In 415 AD, she was attacked by a mob, and beaten to death with what are thought to be roofing tiles.