Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, a Nobel Prize-winning neurologist who discovered critical chemical tools that the body uses to direct cell growth and build nerve networks, opening the way for the study of how those processes can go wrong in diseases like dementia and cancer, died on Sunday at her home in Rome. She was 103.
Her story is amazing and I am looking forward to reading her autobiography, In Praise of Imperfection.
She defied Mussolini, survived the Nazi’s, had a long career at Washington University in St. Louis, won a Nobel Prize, served as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, was made a senator for life in Italy and was the recipient of many, many honours.