Categories: Notables | Nobel Prize Winner l Sephardic l Italy l Holocauste
Levi was born a twin, to her sister Paola , in the city of Turin Italy to " Adele Montalcini, a painter, and Adamo Levi, an electrical engineer and mathematician . " Levi's family were Sephardic Jews.
Paola and Levi had two additional siblings. a brother , Luigi and a sister , Anna. I have found different resources that give different names for the sibling, Paola's name is always correct.
Levi's graduated summa cum laude M.D. in 1936 at the School of Medicine in Turin.She faced the traditional discrimination much of her youth. Levi's father eventually supported her choice to become a Doctor.
Years of War
Dr. Montalcini's life would be forever altered by the years of World War ll and The Holacaust." In 1939, with the new laws against Jews imposed by Benito Mussolini, Rita left her post at the university, transferring her experiments to her own bedroom. There she set up a laboratory with her microscope and some adapted household utensils, such as sewing needles and watchmaker’s tweezers."
After The War
In the 1950's Dr Montalicini's , working with her former associate , biochemist , Dr Stanley Cohen, they isolated the growth protein for Neuro Growth. They were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, in 1986.
Levi- Montalcini received much recognition in her lifetime , she was nominated Senator-for-life by the Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.
Levi-Montalcini received the degree Honoris Causa in Biomedical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Turin, in her native city.
Honors and Recognitions
The Dr. received the PhD Honoris Causa from the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain . She was a founding member of Città della Scienza. and Accademician of Studium, Accademia di Casale e del Monferrato, Italian
::1968, she became the tenth woman elected to the United States National ::Academy of Sciences. She was elected an EMBO Member in 1974.
::1991, she received the Laurea Honoris Causa in Medicine from the University of Trieste, Italy.
::1999, Levi-Montalcini was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) by FAO Director-General Jacques Dioufy.
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