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Levi-Montalcini, Rita

Born: 1909 AD
Currently alive, at 106 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Doctors, Neurologist


1909 - Born on the 22nd of April in Turin, Italy.

1930 - Enrolled in the Turin medical school.

1936 - Studying with Giuseppe Levi and graduated.

1946 - Accepted an invitation to Washington University in St. Louis, under the supervision of Professor Victor Hamburger.

1952 - She did her most important work: isolating nerve growth factor (NGF) from observations of certain cancerous tissues that cause extremely rapid growth of nerve cells.

1958 - She was made a Full Professor.

1961 - 1969 - She directed the Research Center of Neurobiology of the CNR (Rome).

1962 - Established a research unit in Rome, dividing the rest of her time between there and St. Louis.

1968 - She became the tenth woman elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences.

1969 - 1978 - She directed the Laboratory of Cellular Biology.

1986 - Received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of growth factors.

1987 - She received National Medal of Science, the highest honor in the scientific world of America.

2001 - She has been appointed as senator for life by the then President of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

       - Aged 97, attended the opening assembly of the newly-elected Senate of Italy which brought to the appointment of the new Speaker, and declared her preference for the centre-left candidate Franco Marini.

      - She was nominated as Senator-for-life by Italian President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.


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