Remembering a life spent in the name of science and research. A brilliant mind that endure through old age showing us that science is marvel at the common things, a lifelong desire to pose question and search for answers. As Rita Levi Montalcini said in this interview on her 101st birthday: "I'm the mind, let the body act as it will".
Rita Levi-Montalcini, who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution has died today at her home in Rome at the age of 103. She was an Italian neurologist who lived through anti-Semitic discrimination and Nazi invasion, becoming one of the country's leading scientist.
Together with colleague Stanley Cohen, received the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF). Since 2001, she has also served in the Italian Senate as a Senator for Life. Rita Levi-Montalcini had been the oldest living Nobel laureate and the first ever to reach a 100th birthday. Her research increased our understanding of many conditions, including tumors, developmental malformations, and senile dementia.