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.
Emmy Noether (1882-1935)