Laura Bassi and Science in 18th Century Europe

The Extraordinary Life and Role of Italy's Pioneering Female Professor

Authors: Frize, Monique

  • Written by Monique Frize, Distinguished Research Professor, Carleton University and Professor Emerita, University of Ottawa
  • Tells the inspirational story of the first woman appointed as Professor in Europe
  • Biography of general interest about a woman who forged a life time career and professional life in science in 18th century Italy
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This book presents the extraordinary story of a Bolognese woman of the settecento. Laura Maria Caterina Bassi (1711-1778) defended 49 Theses at the University of Bologna on April 17, 1732 and was awarded a doctoral degree on May 12 of the same year. Three weeks before her defense, she was made a member of the Academy of Sciences in Bologna. On June 27 she defended 12 additional Theses. Several of the 61 Theses were on physics and other science topics. Laura was drawn by the philosophy of Newton at a time when most scientists in Europe were still focused on Descartes and Galen. This last set of Theses was to encourage the University of Bologna to provide a lectureship to Laura, which they did on October 29, 1732. Although quite famous in her day, Laura Bassi is unfortunately not remembered much today. </P>
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This book presents Bassi within the context of the century when she lived and worked, an era where no women could attend university anywhere in the world, and even less become a professor or a member of an academy. Laura was appointed to the Chair of experimental physics in 1776 until her death. Her story is an amazing one. Laura was a mother, a wife and a good scientist for over 30 years. She made the transition from the old science to the new very early on in her career. Her work was centered on real problems that the City of Bologna needed to solve. It was an exciting time of discovery and she was at the edge of it all the way.

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Dr. Frize joins Carleton University, as a Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, and the University of Ottawa, as a Professor in the School of Information Technology and Engineering, in July 1997.

Dr. Frize graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Electrical Engineering), received an Athlone Fellowship and completed a Master's in Philosophy in Electrical Engineering (Engineering in Medicine) at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London (UK), a Master's of Business Administration at the Université de Moncton (New Brunswick), and a doctorate from Erasmus Universiteit in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Monique Frize worked as a clinical engineer for 18 years, initially at Hopital Notre-Dame in Montreal (1971-79), and then was appointed as Director of the Regional Clinical Engineering Service in Moncton, New Brunswick, providing services for seven hospitals in the South-Eastern region. Dr. Frize was also Research Associate in the Faculty of Science and Engineering at UniversitJ de Moncton and was the first Chair of the Division of Clinical Engineering for the International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). In December, l989, she was appointed the first holder of the Nortel-NSERC Women in Engineering Chair at the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton) and Professor in the Electrical Engineering department.

In 1992, Monique Frize received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Ottawa (DU); in June 1993, a Ryerson Fellowship; in 1994, an Honourary Doctorate in Science (DSc) at York University; in 1995, an Honourary Doctorate in Engineering at Lakehead (DEng). She was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 1992 and as Officer of the Order of Canada in October 1993. In 1995, Dr. Frize received the Second Historical Professional Achievement Award (jointly with Dr. Michael Shaffer) from the American College of Clinical Engineers, for her paper: "Clinical Engineering in today's hospital: Perspectives of the Administrator and the Clinical Engineer". In September 1996, Dr. Frize received the 6th Annual Meritas-Tabaret Award for career achievement from the Alumni Association of the University of Ottawa and the Advocacy Award presented by WITT (Women in Trades and Technology) in May 1997. Born in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Frize's mother tongue is French, and she is fluently bilingual. She is married to Peter Frize and they have a son, Patrick Nicholas.

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • An Extraordinary Event in 1732

    Frize, Monique

    Pages 1-7

  • ‘Querelle des femmes’ and Debates on the ‘Woman Question’

    Frize, Monique

    Pages 9-23

  • Women in Science and Medicine in Europe Prior to the Eighteenth Century

    Frize, Monique

    Pages 25-37

  • Laura Bassi: Her Education and Her Marriage

    Frize, Monique

    Pages 39-46

  • The Slow Start of Laura’s Scientific Career and the Bolognese Community’s Response to her Work

    Frize, Monique

    Pages 47-59

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Laura Bassi and Science in 18th Century Europe
Book Subtitle
The Extraordinary Life and Role of Italy's Pioneering Female Professor
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-38685-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-38685-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-38684-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 196
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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