Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi

1746 - 1827

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Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (German: [ˈjoːhan ˈhaɪnrɪç pɛstaˈlɔtsiː] , Italian: [pestaˈlɔttsi]; 12 January 1746 – 17 February 1827) was a Swiss pedagogue and educational reformer who exemplified Romanticism in his approach. He founded several educational institutions both in German- and French-speaking regions of Switzerland and wrote many works explaining his revolutionary modern principles of education. His motto was "Learning by head, hand and heart". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi has received more than 662,592 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi is the 11th most popular social activist (up from 12th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Switzerland and the 2nd most popular Swiss Social Activist.

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi was an educational reformer and philosopher who is most famous for his work in teaching children to read.

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Among social activists, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi ranks 11 out of 840Before him are Eleanor Roosevelt, Jan Hus, Rosa Luxemburg, Henry Dunant, Mother Teresa, and Helen Keller. After him are Martin Luther King Jr., Jean-Paul Marat, Claus von Stauffenberg, Aung San Suu Kyi, Jane Addams, and Nicholas Winton.

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Among people born in 1746, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi ranks 2Before him is Francisco Goya. After him are Carlo Buonaparte, Tadeusz Kościuszko, Gaspard Monge, Gustav III of Sweden, Giuseppe Piazzi, Archduchess Maria Amalia of Austria, Maurice Benyovszky, William Jones, Sophia Magdalena of Denmark, and Antoine Quentin Fouquier-Tinville. Among people deceased in 1827, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi ranks 4Before him are Ludwig van Beethoven, Alessandro Volta, and Pierre-Simon Laplace. After him are William Blake, Frederick Augustus I of Saxony, Augustin-Jean Fresnel, Wilhelm Hauff, Maria Theresa of Austria, George Canning, Ugo Foscolo, and Ernst Chladni.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi ranks 9 out of 1,015Before him are Le Corbusier (1887), Paracelsus (1493), Henry Dunant (1828), Carl Jung (1875), Jean Piaget (1896), and Ferdinand de Saussure (1857). After him are Sepp Blatter (1936), Huldrych Zwingli (1484), Jean-Paul Marat (1743), Paul Klee (1879), Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1945), and Charles Albert Gobat (1843).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In Switzerland

Among social activists born in Switzerland, Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi ranks 2Before him are Henry Dunant (1828). After him are Jean-Paul Marat (1743), Élie Ducommun (1833), Jean Ziegler (1934), Gustave Moynier (1826), Felix Manz (1498), Hector Hodler (1887), and Bruno Manser (1954).