Google Doodle Celebrates Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Maathai Wangari


Surprisingly Today’s Google Doodle isn’t a prank. The doodle celebrates the 73rd birthday of Nobel Prize for Peace winner, Wangari Muta Maathai. The doodle places a painting of Maathai Wangari as the “O” in “Google”. She was well known for her efforts at sustaining the environment and keeping things green so there are plants in the background and the other letters in the “Google” serve as trees. She is also the first African woman to win a Nobel Prize.

Here’s a quick bio of Maathai Wangari from Wikipedia.

Wangari Muta Maathai (1 April 1940 – 25 September 2011) was a Kenyan environmental and political activist. She was educated in the United States at Mount St. Scholastica and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Nairobi in Kenya. In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental non-governmental organization focused on the planting of trees, environmental conservation, and women’s rights. In 1986, she was awarded the Right Livelihood Award, and in 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.” Maathai was an elected member of Parliament and served as assistant minister for Environment and Natural Resources in the government of President Mwai Kibaki between January 2003 and November 2005. Furthermore she was an Honorary Councillor of the World Future Council. In 2011, Maathai died of complications from ovarian cancer.

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