Juana Inés de la Cruz (Nov. 12, 1651 – Apr. 17, 1695)
A Mexican self-taught scholar, poet and nun. A contributor to the Spanish Golden Age, known in her lifetime as “The Tenth Muse”. She learned Latin at the age of three. By age five, she reportedly could do accounts. By adolescence, Juana had mastered Greek logic. Her interest in scientific thought led to professional discussions with Isaac Newton. She chose to become a nun in order to continue study as she wished.
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