Rita Levi Montalcini is a Nobel recipient in physiology or medicine. He still looks healthy, even though he is now 101 years old. He was born in Torino, Italy, on April 22, 1909.
In 1930, Rita enrolled in the Turin Faculty of Medicine, and graduated in 1936. His academic career was cut off due to Benito Mussolini’s Manifesto della Razza in 1938, and Jewish restrictions in achieving academic and professional careers.
During World War II, Rita conducted an experiment from a home laboratory to study the growth of nerve fibers in the chick embryo which underlies her second research.
In 1943, Rita fled with her family to Florence, and lived underground until World War II ended.
In 1947, he accepted an invitation to Washington University, St. Louis. There, he worked on his most important work, namely isolating nerve growth factors.
Rita was appointed as professor in 1958. And, in 1962, he founded the Research unit in Rome, and divided the remaining time between Sana and St. Louis. From 1961 to 1969, he headed the Neurological Biology Research Center (Rome). And, around 1969-1971, he worked at the Cell Biology Laboratory.
In 1986, Rita Levi Moncalcini received a Nobel prize in physiology or medicine with colleague Stanley Cohen for his findings on growth factors.
In 2001, Rita Levi Montalcini was nominated as a lifetime senator by the then Italian President, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.