Maria Montessori was an Italian physician and educator best known for the philosophy of education that bears her name, and her writing on scientific pedagogy. At an early age, Montessori broke gender barriers and expectations when she enrolled in classes at an all-boys technical school, with hopes of becoming an engineer.
She soon had a change of heart and began medical school at the University of Rome, where she graduated - with honors - in 1896. Her educational method is in use today in many public and private schools throughout the world.
Born : August 31, 1870 - Italy Died : May 6, 1952 (aged 81) Education : University of Rome La Sapienza Medical School Occupation : Physician and educator Known for : Founder of the Montessori method of education.