Today, Google is honoring Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori with a doodle on her 142nd birthday. The doodle basically encapsulates the most popular tools used to teach toddlers in Montessori classes through out the world. Also Read - Tech news wrap up October 1: iPhone 11 discount, New Dyson air purifiers, Motorola Edge 20 Pro, Oppo A55 launched in India
She was born on August 31, 1870, in Chiaravalle, Italy. A devout catholic and humanitarian she was known for her educational philosophy. Her method focussed on the individual potential and the freedom to pursue one’s dreams. Also Read - Google turns 23rd birthday today, creates an animated cake doodle
She was also the first Italian women to get a degree in medicine and she graduated from the university of Rome in 1896. Later, she opened her first pre-school in 1907 which eventually led to her opening Montessori schools. Also Read - India Independence Day 2021: Google celebrates 75th Independence day with a special artistic Doodle
Maria Montessori travelled to various counties between 1939 and 1946 to spread her educational system. Her visits also included India.
It’s worth noting, that both Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin were brought up us Montessori kids. Current Yahoo CEO, Marisa Mayer (Also Google employee number 20), revealed this to Steven Levy in the book ‘In the Plex’ and believed it to be one of the reasons for Google’s eccentric practices.
Maria Montessori died of a cerebral haemorrhage in Netherlands at the age of 81 on May 6, 1952.