A RAINBOW OF ROLE MODELS {WEDNESDAY SERIES} – RITA LEVI MONTALCINI, NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING Nobel NEUROBIOLOGIST

A RAINBOW OF ROLE MODELS {WEDNESDAY SERIES} – RITA LEVI MONTALCINI, NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING NOBEL NEUROBIOLOGIST

I celebrate ACHIEVEMENT EVERY DAY!  WEDNESDAY SERIES – “A Rainbow of Role Models”, highlights role models of ALL colors.  “There is dignity, in achievement and success—in becoming, a great factor in civilization.” Carter G. Woodson. 

I hope you will share these short articles, and perhaps a few people will be curious to learn more.

Disclaimer: Good Day, Readers.  WealthBuildingPowers blog is a financial literacy/competency blog and does not provide specific investment recommendations.  

Today’s role model discovery made by my history-loving cousin, Agnes Powers.

“This is a fascinating posting about Rita Levi-Montalcini, a truly remarkable woman. This lady became a doctor when few women entered that profession. She was an Italian Jew in Nazi-occupied Italy during World War 2 who continued to live in her home country at a time when it was dangerous to be a European Jew. She dedicated her life as a scientist and won a Nobel Prize in 1986. From 2001 until her death at the age of 103 in 2012, she served in the Italian Senate as a Senator for Life. Today is the first time that I have ever heard of this woman. Someone should make a major motion picture about this amazing woman”. Agnes Powers

RITA LEVI MONTALCINI, NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING Nobel NEUROBIOLOGIST – A RAINBOW OF ROLE MODELS {WEDNESDAY SERIES}

In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Week, we’re sharing the incredible story of Nobel Prize-winning neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini. Born in 1909 to a Jewish-Italian family in Turin, Levi-Montalcini’s years in medical school coincided with the rise of fascism in Italy and the imposition of anti-Semitic laws which limited her career prospects. Once WWII broke out, she and her family decided to stay in Italy rather than flee overseas and she built a laboratory in her bedroom to continue her research work. It was in this makeshift laboratory that she began studying the development of chicken embryos; research that laid the underpinning of her later Nobel Prize-winning work on the mechanism of cell growth regulation.

After the Nazi invasion of Italy in 1943, Levi-Montalcini and her family were forced underground and moved to Florence where she worked as a doctor in Allied war camps after the city was liberated. Following the war, in 1946, she moved to the U.S. for more than twenty years to conduct research at Washington University in St. Louis. It was there that she discovered nerve growth factor, a protein which regulates the growth of cells; this discovery was critical to better understanding tumor growth among other conditions.

It was for this breakthrough research that the Nobel committee described her work, along with fellow winner Stanley Cohen, as “a fascinating example of how a skilled observer can create a concept out of apparent chaos.” Both received the 1986 Nobel Prize for Medicine. Dr. Levi-Montalcini passed away in 2012 at the age of 103.

Rita Levi-Montalcini’s story is told along with other pioneering women of science in the illustrated biography “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers” for ages 9 and up (https://www.amightygirl.com/women-in-science) and “Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and The World” for teens and adults (https://www.amightygirl.com/headstrong-52-women)

She is also featured on the ‘Famous Women in Science Socks’ for teens and adults at https://www.amightygirl.com/famous-women-in-science-socks

For a fascinating book for adults about women in the Italian Resistance during WWII, we highly recommend “A House in the Mountains: The Women Who Liberated Italy from Fascism” at https://www.amightygirl.com/a-house-in-the-mountains

For many books for children and teens about girls and women who lived during the Holocaust, visit our blog post, “60 Mighty Girl Books About The Holocaust” at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11586

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