Rita Levi-Montalcini

1909 - 2012

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Rita Levi-Montalcini (US: , Italian: [ˈriːta ˈlɛːvi montalˈtʃiːni]; 22 April 1909 – 30 December 2012) was an Italian Nobel laureate, honored for her work in neurobiology. 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 759,312 page views. Her biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Rita Levi-Montalcini is the 37th most popular physician (down from 26th in 2019), the 464th most popular biography from Italy (down from 343rd in 2019) and the 4th 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 37 out of 509Before her are Al-Zahrawi, Paul Ehrlich, Willem Einthoven, Alexis Carrel, Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran, and Emil Kraepelin. After her are Samuel Hahnemann, Otto Heinrich Warburg, Hua Tuo, Ambroise Paré, Philippe Pinel, and Joseph Lister.

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Among people born in 1909, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 8Before her are Juliana of the Netherlands, Simone Weil, Peter Drucker, Francis Bacon, Andrei Gromyko, and Stepan Bandera. After her are Kwame Nkrumah, U Thant, Osamu Dazai, Elia Kazan, Errol Flynn, and Li Xiannian. Among people deceased in 2012, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 9Before her are Oscar Niemeyer, Norodom Sihanouk, Wisława Szymborska, Whitney Houston, Jon Lord, and Eric Hobsbawm. After her are Ahmed Ben Bella, Yitzhak Shamir, Theo Angelopoulos, Michael Clarke Duncan, Ernest Borgnine, and Carroll Shelby.

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Among people born in Italy, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 464 out of 4,088Before her are Umberto Boccioni (1882), Queen Paola of Belgium (1937), Britannicus (41), Fabio Capello (1946), Carlo Ponti (1912), and Giorgio Agamben (1942). After her are Pope John XIV (1000), Pontormo (1494), Damocles (null), Renzo Piano (1937), Bohemond I of Antioch (1054), and Tinto Brass (1933).


Among physicians born in Italy, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 4Before her are Florence Nightingale (1820), Cesare Lombroso (1835), and Camillo Golgi (1843). After her are Marcello Malpighi (1628), Francesco Redi (1626), Bernardino of Siena (1380), Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608), Giovanni Antonio Scopoli (1723), Peter Damian (1007), Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501), and Andrea Cesalpino (1519).