Google Monday 1 April celebrated late Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai nature conservation efforts with a special doodle showcasing blossoming nature in the background, her first love on a what would have been her 73rd birthday.
Prof. Wangari Maathai was born April 1940 and founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 to bolster her environmental conservation efforts. In 2004 she recieved a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for her efforts.
Before her demise she had authored The Green Belt Movement, Unbowed: A Memoir, The Challenge for Africa and Replenishing the Earth and was also featured in a number of publications and documentaries..
In 1964 Maathai obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas and two years later obtained her Master of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh and later went to Germany for her doctoral studies and a Ph.D from the University of Nairobi in 1971.
She was the first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree and later became the first woman chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy and an associate professor in 1976 and 1977 respectively.
Maathai passed on September 25 2011 at the age of 71.
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