Today we say goodbye to Nobel prize winner Rita Levi-Montalcini, who passed away today aged 103.
Levi-Montalcini enrolled in medical school in 1930 despite her father’s objections (who believed that the role of a woman was to be a wife and mother, not an academic). She earned a degree in medicine and surgery, but her post-graduate career was cut short when Mussolini issued his “Manifesto of Race” which barred those of Jewish descent from professional careers. Rather than fleeing the country, Levi-Montalcini chose to stay in Italy and continue her work alone. She built a small research unit at her home and installed it in her bedroom.
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