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Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini
Born April 22, 1909
She was born into an intellectual, though traditional, family in Turin Italy
Her dad would not allow her or her 2 sisters to pursue higher education and professional careers
At the age of 20, she persuaded him to allow her to enter the University of Turin to study medicine.
The branch of embryology dealing with the origin and development of the nervous system
She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Turin Medical School in 1936
Then she completed a degree for specialization in neurology and psychiatry in 1940.
While in school she had two partners, Viktor Hamburger and Stanly Cohen
Rita set up laboratory equipment in her bedroom to continue her research on neurogenesis studying the growth of nerve fibers in chicken embryos
Rita and cohen were arwarded the noble prize, but controvercy picked up in the wake of the award.
Some people were upset at Rita because she failed to acknowledge her debt to others, such as Rita and Hamburger
Two of Rita’s university colleges and friend, Salvador Luria and Renato Dulbecco, also were to receive The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
In 1999, the Food and Agriculture organization of the United Nations named Rita one of its first four FAO Ambassadors
First and only Nobel Prize recipient to live past the age of 100.
There seems to be a chocolate shop around every corner in Rita’s hometown of Turin, Italy
908,551 (2010) Turin, Population
Dash, Joan. The Triumph of Discovery: Woman scientists who won the Nobel Prize. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Julian Messner. 1991. Print.
Dubinsky , Ellen “Rita Levi-Montalcini (b. 1909)” Medical Journeys Transplanting Medical Knowledge Across the World. Web. 18 September, 2013
Hitchcock, Susan T. Rita Levi-Montalcini: Nobel Prize winner. Philadelphia: Chelsea House, c2005.Print.
Nature, “100 years of Rita” Nature. web. 18 September, 2013.
"Rita Levi-Montalcini." Britannica School. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2013. Web. 20 Sep. 2013. <
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