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Google marks noted female Italian scholar and philosopher Elena Cornaro Piscopia's 373rd birthday with colourful sketch doodle
Internet search engine and technology giant Google Doodle celebrates the distinguished Italian philosopher and theologian Elena Cornaro Piscopia's 373th birthday on June 5 with a sketch doodle. It is reported that Piscopia was born in Venice on this day in 1646 and studied hard to become the first woman to earn a PhD.

In the doodle, Piscopia has been shown reading a book with intent and a bookshelf in the background with letters of the logo working as the dividers for the books.

"By the time Elena was seven; her parents had recognized her giftedness. A family friend encouraged them to give her lessons in Greek and Latin. She also mastered Hebrew, Spanish, French, and Arabic, while studying the harpsichord, clavichord, harp, and violin. Elena's later studies also included mathematics and astronomy, but her greatest interest was in philosophy and theology. After becoming president of the Venetian society Accademia dei Pacifici, she enrolled at the University of Padua in 1672," states Google website.

With her father's support, she applied for a Doctorate of Philosophy. Her oral examination in 1678 attracted so much interest that the ceremony had to be moved from the university to Padua Cathedral to accommodate an audience that included professors, students, senators, and invited guests from Universities all over Italy, adds the website with a mention that a wreath of laurel was placed on her head, a gold ring on her finger, a book of philosophy in her hand, and an ermine cape upon her shoulders during the degree award ceremony.

The doodle has been created by California-based Doodler Alyssa Winans, who shares her thoughts on Elena Cornaro Piscopia by stating, "I personally was inspired not only by Elena's single-minded dedication to her studies but also by the sheer enjoyment she felt at the prospect of quiet study. Although she received many accolades in her life, it was clear that they were never what she was after; she simply loved knowledge."

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