Skip to comments.Nobel scientist Rita Levi-Montalcini dies in Rome
Posted on 01/01/2013 10:16:41 AM PST by TurboZamboni
Rita Levi-Montalcini, a biologist who conducted underground research in defiance of Fascist persecution and went on to win a Nobel Prize for helping unlock the mysteries of the cell, died at her home in Rome on Sunday, Dec. 30. She was 103 and had worked well into her final years.
Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno, announcing her death in a statement, called it a great loss "for all of humanity." He praised her as someone who represented "civic conscience, culture and the spirit of research of our time."
Italy's so-called "Lady of the Cells," a Jew who lived through anti-Semitic discrimination and the Nazi invasion, became one of her country's leading scientists and shared the Nobel medicine
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Instead of describing her death as a great loss for humanity, he should have said that her life, of more than one hundred years, was a great contribution to the world. Everyone dies, there is nothing remarkable about tha, but her life was truly remarkable.
She shared the prize in 1986 with Stanley Cohen, who is still alive (90 years old).