Rita Levi-Montalcini, A Gentlewoman Through and Through

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The death of Rita Levi-Montalcini is a loss for all of us, although living to be 103 is hardly a tragedy. In Bullish: How to Age with Panache and Strategic Awesomeness, Jen told Rita’s story:

Levi-Montalcini was born in Italy before World War I, was persecuted by Mussolini for being Jewish (thus taking her studies from the lab to a bedroom, where she continued her research while finding time to work as a doctor in Italian refugee camps). She won the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1986, and was appointed Senator for Life in the Italian Senate in 2001. She runs a foundation to encourage African women with the potential for scientific achievement. She says, “Arriving at 100 is a prize for me. My secret? Don’t think about yourself but of others and work with passion!”

Read more about Rita Levi-Montalcini here and here.