Maria Montessori was born in 1870. At 26 years, she gained the distinction of being the first woman to graduate from the University of Rome in Medicine, taking a double honours degree in medicine and surgery.
Dr. Montessori practiced medicine and held the Chair of Hygiene and Anthropology from 1896-1911.
In 1907 she opened her House of Children (Casa dei Bambini) fro children under six years of age. After two years of intensive study and development she produced her ground-breaking book, ‘The Montessori Method’.
Educationists and thinkers around the world quickly recognized it as a watershed. It was translated, read, discussed and put into action throughout Europe, the USA, India, South America and Australia.
Dr. Montessori died in 1952, aged 82. Her monument: Generations of children around the world who had benefited directly from her work and thought, and a body of knowledge that will continue to benefit children.