, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 443-445,
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Date: 07 Feb 2013

On Rita Levi-Montalcini

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On December 30, 2012, Rita Levi-Montalcini passed away in her home in Rome at the age of 103 years. Rita was both an inspiration and a model of determination for the young generation not only for her scientific and political achievements, but even more so for her personality, lifelong example, and enthusiasm. Although physically, she was but a tiny frail lady, she showed remarkable determination, perseverance, and endurance both in her character and personality! In fact, Rita was a most popular lady in her own country and well known worldwide.

Her parents instilled in all their children appreciation for the arts, culture, and intellectual pursuits in a classic Italian style. Her father, Adamo Levi, was a talented engineer, and her mother, Adele Montalcini, a gifted painter. Rita, with her twin sister Paola, was born in Turin on April 22, 1909, the youngest of four children. Gino, the oldest brother, was a professor in architecture at the University of Turin. Anna, 5 years older, was ded ...