Ten fun facts about Rita Levi-Montalcini


Fact 1
Though her father discouraged his children to attend school, she attended the University of Turin Medical School.

Fact 2
In 1986, she and her colleague received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the nerve growth factor.

Fact 3
She died at the age of 103 and was the oldest Nobel Prize winner to reach their 100th birthday.


Fact 4
Although she worked as an assistant of her neurohistologist professor, her career had to end because Jews were barred from academic and professional careers.

Fact 5
She was a volunteer for the Allied health service during the time of German occupation.

Fact 6
Although she was barred from teaching, she continued her research at home, using her bedroom as her first genetics laboratory.

Fact 7
In 1946 she received a research associate position and was made full professor in 1958.

Fact 8
Her research and identification of endogenous compounds led to the use of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Fact 9
She served as the president of the European Brain Research Institute, which she founded in 2002.

Fact 10
Her awards include, but are not limited to, the National Medal of Science and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize.


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