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Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909 - 2012)

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Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini
Born in Torino, Piedmont, Italymap
[spouse(s) unknown]
[children unknown]
Died in Rome, Rome, Lazio, Italymap
Profile last modified | Created 1 Nov 2017 | Last significant change: 15 Nov 2018
13:54: Nicolas LaPointe edited the Biography for Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012). [Thank Nicolas for this]
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Categories: Centenarians | Italian Notables.

Categories: Notables | Nobel Prize Winner l Sephardic l Italy l Holocauste


Rita Levi-Montalcini is Notable.

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.[46] and Accademician of Studium, Accademia di Casale e del Monferrato, Italian


1966, she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

::1968, she became the tenth woman[38] elected to the United States National ::Academy of Sciences. She was elected an EMBO Member in 1974.

1974, although a professed atheist,[12] she became a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
1983, she was awarded the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University.
1986, Levi-Montalcini and collaborator Stanley Cohen received the Nobel Prize in Medicine .
1986 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research.[42] This made her the fourth Nobel Prize winner to come from Italy's small (less than 50,000 people) but very old Jewish community, after Emilio Segrè, Salvador Luria (a university colleague and friend) and Franco Modigliani.
1987, she received the National Medal of Science, the highest American scientific honor.

::1991, she received the Laurea Honoris Causa in Medicine from the University of Trieste, Italy.

1993 of the International Council of Human Duties, International Council of Human Duties (ICHD), at the University of Trieste
1995 Dr Montalicini was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS)

::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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