Sofya Vaslyevna Kovalevskaya, also known as Sonya Kovalevsky, was born on January 15th, 1850 (166 years before me) in Moscow to noble parents Vasily Korvin-Krukovsky (father), a general in the Russian army, and Velizaveta Shubert (mother). At age 11, she became very interested in calculus and even hanged up notes on differential and integral analysis.
Marriage of Convenience
When it was time for Sonya to enter the university, she was ambitious to study mathematics, but knowing she could not accomplish her goal in Russia, she created a plan to study at a university in Western Europe. To do this, she had to travel with permission from her father, but because she was not married she was not allowed to leave Russia. She then decided to marry Vladimir Kovalevsky, a paleontologist, for convenience.
Arriving in Germany
In 1869, Vladimir and Sonya left Russia to move to Heidelberg, Germany. When they arrived she was informed that women couldn't enroll to study at the universities, however, she stood in the entrance of a university till they allowed her to enrol for courses about physics and mathematics.
Moving to Berlin
In 1871, Sofia moved to Berlin where she studied privately with a calculus expert named Karl Weierstrass. By 1874, she had written three papers. Later that year, on Karl's demand, the University of Göttingen awarded her (in her absence) a doctorate, summa cum laude, for her work on partial differential equations.