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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. This honor was given due to her significant scientific contributions. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Rita Levi-Montalcini has received more than 853,408 page views. Her biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 74 in 2019). Rita Levi-Montalcini is the 53rd most popular physician (down from 37th in 2019), the 552nd most popular biography from Italy (down from 464th in 2019) and the 6th 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 53 out of 502Before her are Christiaan Barnard, Francesco Redi, Karl Brandt, Jean-Martin Charcot, Hilary of Poitiers, and Gerhard Domagk. After her are Philippe Pinel, Hans Asperger, Hua Tuo, Robert Bellarmine, Christiaan Eijkman, and René Laennec.

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Among people born in 1909, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 13Before her are Andrei Gromyko, Mohammed Daoud Khan, Francis Bacon, Victor Borge, Nicholas Winton, and U Thant. After her are Isaiah Berlin, Kwame Nkrumah, Mohammed V of Morocco, Li Xiannian, Ernst Gombrich, and Errol Flynn. Among people deceased in 2012, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 14Before her are Eric Hobsbawm, Carroll Shelby, Michael Clarke Duncan, Theo Angelopoulos, Jon Lord, and George Tupou V. After her are Yitzhak Shamir, Ernest Borgnine, Sylvia Kristel, Elinor Ostrom, Robin Gibb, and John Demjanjuk.

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Among people born in Italy, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 552 out of 4,668Before her are Giuseppe Piazzi (1746), Dominic Savio (1842), Gentile Bellini (1429), Aloysius Gonzaga (1568), Philip of Swabia (1177), and Ennius (-239). After her are Charles III of Naples (1345), Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily (1772), Giuseppe Peano (1858), Salvatore Adamo (1943), Pope Leo VII (900), and Charles Ponzi (1882).


Among physicians born in Italy, Rita Levi-Montalcini ranks 6Before her are Florence Nightingale (1820), Cesare Lombroso (1835), Camillo Golgi (1843), Marcello Malpighi (1628), and Francesco Redi (1626). After her are Bernardino of Siena (1380), Peter Damian (1007), Giovanni Alfonso Borelli (1608), Giovanni Antonio Scopoli (1723), Giovanni Battista Morgagni (1682), and Pietro Andrea Mattioli (1501).