Maria Montessori was born in 1870 in Chiaravalle, Italy and died in 1952 in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.
She became the first woman medical doctor in Italy, and early in her career, she started working with children in the slums of Rome. Her training as a scientist allowed her to observe children with an eye to recognizing their intrinsic needs. She went on to create educational materials that matched children’s developmental needs.
Maria Montessori was nominated for the Nobel Peace prize in 1949, 1950, and 1951. A scientist, educator, humanitarian, and philosopher, she was also a visionary.
Visit the websites of various Montessori organizations, all of which provide information about Maria Montessori, her life, her work, and how Montessori education is practiced today.