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Raised in Erlangen, Germany, I trained to become a French/English teacher but envied both my father Max and my brother Fritz who were respected mathematicians.

At age 18, I tried to take mathematics classes at the University of Erlangen, but could not because I was a woman (but I could audit them).

I was the second woman ever to get a Ph.D. in mathematics.

In order to work with Felix Klein and David Hilbert in 1925, I became an Associate Professor at the University of Gottingen, but for no salary.

My areas of mathematical expertise were abstract algebra, with special attention to rings, groups, and fields.

As a pacifist, I hated Germany's agressions in WWI and WWII, causing me to leave my homeland to teach at Bryn Mawr College in the United States.

Answer: Emmy Noether (1882-1935)