Currently alive, at 109 years of age.
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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.