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Alphonse Rebière (Tulle, 1842 - Paris, 1900) was a nineteenth-century advocate for women's scientific abilities. He wrote the book Les Femmes dans la science, published in 1894.[1] Rebière's piece followed the encyclopedia format, listing the woman alphabetically, giving their names, dates of birth, the social conditions under which they had lived, their contributions and publications. He included "professional and amateur" scientists and those who aided in contributions in "the progress of science." Included in Rebière's book was a section of appended works filled with opinions of famous people on the question "whether or not woman is capable of scientific pursuits."[2] His work was revolutionary in that other works with similar information were never published, and he was one of the first to include women in the field of science.

Alphonse Rebière
Born18 March 1842 Edit this on Wikidata
Died21 February 1900 Edit this on Wikidata (aged 57)
OccupationMathematician edit this on wikidata

Les Femmes dans la scienceEdit

Translated: The Achievements of the German Woman

Rebière's work Les Femmes dans la science was inspired by the women's movement and renewed interest in women's scientific abilities.[3][4]


His publications include:

  • Mathématiques et mathématiciens: pensées et curiosités, Libraire Nony & Cie, Paris, 1893[5]
  • Les Femmes dans la science, Libraire Nony & Co, Paris, 1894
  • Jean-François Melon l'économiste, Crauffon, 1896[6]
  • Les savants modernes: leur vie et leur travaux, d'après les documents académiques, Libraire Nony & Co, Paris, 1899[7]


  1. ^ "Les femmes dans la science; notes recueillies par A. Rebière". Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  2. ^ Schiebinger, Londa L. Has Feminism Changed Science? Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1999. Print.
  3. ^ Rebiere, Alphonse (1897). Les Femmes dans la science.
  4. ^ Schiebinger, Londa (1999). Has feminism changed science?. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. p. 23.
  5. ^ Mathématiques et mathématiciens: pensées et curiosités. Libraire Nony. 1893. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  6. ^ Jean-François Melon l'économiste. Crauffon. 1896. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  7. ^ Les savants modernes: leur vie et leur travaux, d'après les documents académiques. Libraire Nony. 1899. Retrieved 25 February 2018.