Rita Levi-Montalcini

1909 - 2012

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Rita Levi-Montalcini (US: LAY-vee MOHN-tahl-CHEE-nee, LEV-ee -⁠, LEE-vee MON-təl-, Italian: [ˈriːta ˈlɛːvi montalˈtʃiːni]; 22 April 1909 – 30 December 2012) was an Italian neurobiologist. 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rita Levi-Montalcini has received more than 995,640 page views. Her biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Rita Levi-Montalcini is the 38th most popular physician (up from 53rd in 2019), the 487th most popular biography from Italy (up from 551st in 2019) and the 5th most popular Italian Physician.

Rita Levi-Montalcini was an Italian neurologist and Nobel Prize laureate. She is most famous for her discovery of nerve growth factor, which led to a better understanding of how the nervous system develops.

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Among physicians, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 38 out of 726Before her are Jean-Martin Charcot, Qa'a, Al-Zahrawi, Marcello Malpighi, Alexis Carrel, and Thutmose IV. After her are Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, Polycarp, Virginia Apgar, Emil Kraepelin, Ambroise Paré, and Hua Tuo.

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Among people born in 1909, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 12Before her are Simone Weil, Juliana of the Netherlands, Peter Drucker, Victor Borge, U Thant, and Kwame Nkrumah. After her are Mohammed V of Morocco, Virginia Apgar, Andrei Gromyko, Talal of Jordan, Stanislaw Ulam, and Elia Kazan. Among people deceased in 2012, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 10Before her are Wisława Szymborska, Ray Bradbury, Whitney Houston, Yitzhak Shamir, Griselda Blanco, and Ahmed Ben Bella. After her are Tony Scott, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jon Lord, Eric Hobsbawm, Elinor Ostrom, and Theo Angelopoulos.

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Among people born in Italy, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 487 out of 5,161Before her are Pope Honorius I (585), Januarius (272), Mario Draghi (1947), John Cabot (1450), Roberto Baggio (1967), and Julia the Elder (-39). After her are Bohemond I of Antioch (1054), Ennius (-239), Antonello da Messina (1430), Lavinia Fontana (1552), Ornella Muti (1955), and Grazia Deledda (1871).


Among physicians born in Italy, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 5Before her are Florence Nightingale (1820), Cesare Lombroso (1835), Camillo Golgi (1843), and Marcello Malpighi (1628). After her are Francesco Redi (1626), Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608), Peter Damian (1007), Giovanni Antonio Scopoli (1723), Bernardino of Siena (1380), Trota of Salerno (1001), and Andrea Cesalpino (1519).