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Rita Levi-Montalcini

Neurobiologist , researcher

Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian neurobiologist, researcher. Named Senator for Life, Italian Parliament, 2001; recipient Louisa Gross Horwitz prize, Columbia University, 1983, Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research award, 1986, Nobel prize in physiology/medicine, 1986, National Medal Science, 1987.


Levi-Montalcini, Rita was born on April 22, 1909 in Turin, Italy. Arrived in United States, 1947, naturalized, 1956.


Doctor of Medicine, University Turin, 1936.


Assistant in neurology Institute Anatomy, Neurology Clinic, Turin School Medicine, 1936—1937. Researcher Neurological Institute Brussels, 1939. With Allied Health Service, Italy, 1944—1945.

Resident, associate zoologist Washington University, St. Louis, 1947—1951, associate professor, 1951—1958, professor, 1958—1977. Director neurobiology research program Italian National Research Council (National Research Council), Rome, 1961—1969, director Institute Cell Biology, 1969—1979. President Italian National Commission United World Colleges, 1993.



Member of National Academy of Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Academy Arts & Sciences Florence, European Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, National Academy of Sciences Italy, Belgian Royal Academy Medicine, Harvey Society, National Academy dei Lincei, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Tissue Culture Association, American Association Anatomists, Society Development Biology.


Daughter of Adamo Levi and Adele Montalcini, Adamo Levi and Adele Montalcini.

Adamo Levi

Adele Montalcini