Hypatia, born c. 350 or 370; died 415 was the mathematician, astronomer and philosopher and the only daughter of the mathematician Theon of Alexandria (c. 335–c. 405). She was educated in Athens. Around 400, she became head of the Neoplatonist School in Alexandria, where she imparted the knowledge of Plato and Aristotle to students.
Hypatia contributed in many ways to math, with one of her contributions being that she edited the work on The Conics of Apollonius. This was the concept that developed ideas of parabolas, hyperbolas and ellipses. With her contribution in this book, Hypatia made the concepts easier for people to understand, thus enabling the work survive through many centuries.