There are many succesful and/or famous people who where Montessori educated. Some of these people include the following:
Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon.com)
Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Co-founders of Google.com) - See video below
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (Former U.S. First Lady)
Prince William and Prince Harry (English Royal Family)
Anne Frank (Famous Diarist from World War II)
Chelsea Clinton (Former U.S. First Daughter)
Katharine Graham (Owner/Editor of the Washington Post)
Sean ‘P.Diddy’ Combs (RAP Mega-Star)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nobel Prize winner for Literature)
T. Berry Brazelton (Pediatrician and Author)
Julia Child (Chef, Star of many TV Cooking Shows, and Author)
Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Austrian Painter and Architect)
Many other famous people were influenced and inspired by Dr. Montessori’s work. Some of these people include the following:
Alexander Graham Bell helped to start one of the first Montessori schools in the United States.
Jean Piaget’s (famous child psychologist) theory of cognitive development was profoundly influenced by Dr. Montessori’s observations. He was president of the Montessori Society in Switzerland for many years.
Sigmund Freud once wrote to Dr. Montessori and said, “my daughter...considers herself one of your disciples” and “I would be pleased to sign my name beside yours...brilliance radiates from it”.
Thomas Edison was also one of Montessori’s most loyal and supportive followers.
Mahatma Gandhi knew Maria Montessori and visited her classes in Rome in the 1930’s.
Helen Keller, inspired by Montessori wrote, “I believe that every child has hidden away somewhere in his being, noble capacities which may be quickened and developed if we go about it in the right way. But we shall never properly develop the higher nature of our little ones while we continue to fill their minds with the so-called basics. Mathematics will never make them loving, nor will accurate knowledge of the size and shape of the world help them to appreciate its beauties. Let us lead them during the first years to find their greatest pleasure in nature. Let them run in the fields, learn about animals, and observe real things. Children will educate themselves under the right conditions.”