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Lady Anne Finch Conway (1631-1679)
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"The countess, Lady Anne Finch Conway (1631-1679) is very closely
resembled by Sarah Anne. It is very probable that "Rare Bird" was based
on Lady Anne's life or one of so many other women scholars of the 17th
and 18th centuries. Sarah Anne and Lady Anne are both archetypal of
women in science of their time. Rigorously self-educated and a member of
the aristocracy, Lady Anne made discoveries that were ignored, forgotten,
or miss-credited (Alic, 5). The countess was part of a circle of thinkers
that included, Gottlieb Wihelm von Liebniz, Henry More, Descartes,
Francis Mercury von Helmont, Electress Sophia, and Elizabeth of
Bohemia. The countess' home became a salon, a center of intellectual life.
Both the Lady Anne and Sarah Anne started their education with their
brothers and then surpassed their brothers."
Anne Finche, Viscountess Conway (1631-1679)
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