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Women in History of Scots Descent
Mary Fairfax Greig Sommerville


Mary Fairfax was born December 26, 1780 in Jedburgh, Scotland. She was one of four children in her family that survived childhood. Mary was educated at first by her mother so she could study the bible, then she was sent to boarding school for a year where she learned arithmetic and hand writing. From there she was a self taught student. Mary became one of the leading minds in mathematics and physical science.

Mary published several books demonstrating her exceptional grasp of the science. She published The Mechanism of the Heavens, On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences, several editions of Physical
Geography, and On Molecular and Microscopic Science. Before her death in 1872, Mary composed her autobiography titled, Personal Recollection. Mary's daughter Martha edited and helped the biography to be published. Because of her extraordinary knowledge of mathematics and physical science, she was considered one of the most profound achievers of her time.

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