Women in science we admire

Rita Levi-Montalcini

Rita Levi-Montalcini nominated by Lisa Foa

Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1986 (joint winner with her collaborator Stanley Cohen). The Inspirational Rita Levi-Montalcini discovered Nerve Growth Factor, vital to nervous system development, learning and memory.  I was awe-struck as a young student, hearing the stories of Levi-Montalcini moving her laboratory from her University to her bedroom as Germany invaded Italy in the second world war, sneaking into farms to steal eggs, to source embryos for her experiments! She was equally inspirational as a Neurosciences elder, directing multiple Italian medical research institutes, she continued working almost until her death at 103, as a scientist and politician, a life member of the Italian Senate: “Above all, don’t fear difficult moments. The best comes from them.”  

History of Neuroscience: Rita Levi-Montalcini Source:  YouTube, Published on 5 Jul 2012 by Society for Neuroscience