Elena Cornaro Piscopia




Birth date

June 5, 1646



Ca’ Loredan, Venice, Republic of Venice



Elena Cornaro Piscopia also known in English as Helen Cornaro. She was a noble-descended Venetian scholar who became one of the first women to receive an academic degree from a university in 1678 and the first to obtain a PhD degree.


Initial Years

She became interested in physics, astronomy and linguistics in her late teens and early twenties.



She was the third child of Gianbattista Cornaro-Piscopia and Zanetta Boni. Her mother was a peasant and at the time of her birth, her parents were not married.


Personal Life

Her full name is Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia. She died on July 26,1684 in Padua, Republic of Venice.