The world’s history knows many talented and incredible scientists, and most of them are men, but women earn their moments of glory too. Female scientists from the past keep inspiring the modern ones. In the 18th century, most women had no opportunity to attend schools and get even their elementary education, unlike all men. However, it didn’t stop some of them who wanted to learn, including Anna Morandi Manzolini who attended her school, studied well, and became a famous physician.
There are many people who admire this woman due to her efforts to not stop and keep reaching her important life goals. It’s true that Anna didn’t let anyone get in her way because of her strong personality and devotion. Basically, she was born in Italy in 1716, and she was mentored by her father. Manzolini couldn’t attend schools like boys, but she used a small lab in the kitchen. Later, she got married, and this couple went to Bologna’s University.
When it comes to Anna’s life works, their main focus was on human organs. She made different figures from wax, including hands, eyes, and others related to the body. Anna and her spouse were both interested in this kind of job so that they helped and gave multiple lessons in their house to medical students and surgeons who wanted to learn to make the same wax figures. Besides, both spouses liked working on human anatomy and create wax figures, but it didn’t last for her husband because he died when he was only 39 years.
Manzolini decided to take over his position so that she became a faculty member in the university. She also continued working on what her spouse left behind and she became a chairperson. Anna is famous for introducing certain innovations into existing dissection techniques that allowed people to accurately perceive and portray different discrete parts of the body.
In addition, she also worked in 3-D models and written texts while giving anatomy and dissection lessons to medical students at home. Her household labs served as convenient classrooms, and her incredible skills were recognized by many other people, despite her gender. It was unusual for that period of time to encourage female scientists and academics so that Anna Manzolini was one of a very few female professors who worked and lived in Bologna. She was demanded in her profession and commissioned by private European collectors who asked her to produce something that they saw as her artistic pieces.
The world’s history knows many talented and incredible scientists, and most of them are men, but women earn their moments of glory too. Female scientists from the past keep inspiring the modern ones. In the 18th century, most women had no opportunity to attend schools and get even their elementary education, unlike all men.