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March 14, 2016 AT 12:30 am

Rita Levi-Montalcini #WHM16 #WomensHistoryMonth #WomenInSTEM

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Rita Levi-Montalcini led a truly incredible life – she overcame adversity to not only win a Nobel Prize but to live to be 100!

Rita Levi-Montalcini, OMRI, OMCA was an Italian Nobel Laureate honored for her work in neurobiology. She was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly with colleague Stanley Cohen for the discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF). From 2001 until her death, she also served in the Italian Senate as a Senator for Life.

Rita Levi-Montalcini had been the oldest living Nobel laureate and was the first ever to reach a 100th birthday. On 22 April 2009, she was feted with a 100th birthday party at Rome’s city hall.

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