Maria Montessori`s 142th birthday marked by Google Doodle

Google dedicated a doodle to Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori on Friday to celebrate her 142th birthday.

Updated: Aug 31, 2012, 14:19 PM IST

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New Delhi: Google dedicated a doodle to celebrate Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori`s 142th birthday.

Google home page appeared to be very distinctive and the doodle was designed with educational tools used in schools throughout the world to teach toddlers in Montessori classes.

Maria Tecla Artemesia Montessori was born on August 31, 1870, in Chiaravalle, Italy. She was a noted humanitarian and devout Catholic best known for the philosophy of education which bears her name. Her educational method focused on a child`s ingenious potential and gives emphasis on independence.

Maria was the first Italian woman to get a degree in medicine. She graduated from the University of Rome in 1896.

She opened her first preschool for children in 1907 and led to the opening of other Montessori schools. She travelled to different countries, including India from 1939 to 1946, to disseminate her educational system.

Montessori died of a cerebral haemorrhage in Netherlands at the age of 81 on May 6, 1952.