18.04.2013 - Natural Sciences Sector

Celebrating the Birthday of Professor Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909 – 2012)

© Fondazione Rita Levi-Montalcini Onlus

Italy's so-called "Lady of the Cells," would have turned 104 years old in April 2013.

Her research increased the understanding of many conditions, including tumors, developmental malformations, and senile dementia. A petite woman with upswept white hair, she kept an intensive work schedule well into old age. "At 100, I have a mind that is superior - thanks to experience - than when I was 20," she said in 2009.

Nobel Prize for Medicine 1986.

Levi-Montalcini was born April 22, 1909 in the northern city of Turin. At the age of 20 she overcame her father's objections that women should not study and obtained a degree in medicine and surgery from Turin University in 1936.

The Permanent Delegation of Italy to UNESCO is organizing a ceremony to commemorate Prof. Rita Levi-Montalcini at UNESCO Paris on 19th April 2013 in the Hall of Room X.

It will be attended by several UNESCO representatives such as Ms Gretchen Kalonji, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, Ms Lalla Ben Barka, Assistant Director-General for for Africa, Ms Alissandra Cummins, Executive Board Chair and Ms Piera Levi Montalcini, Prof. Rita Levi Montalcini’s niece Chair of the Levi-Montalcini Association, and Ms Marina Bentivoglio of the Levi-Montalcini Onlus Foundation.




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