Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909–2012) was an Italian neurobiologist and the joint recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF). Rita graduated in medicine in 1936, but due to Mussolini’s 1938 Manifesto of Race, which barred non-Aryan citizens from having academic careers, was forced to build a small laboratory in the family home and work in secret. After the end of World War II she was invited to Washington University in St Louis, USA, by Professor Viktor Hamburger, whose work was her inspiration. It was there that Rita discovered the role of NGF, which has increased the understanding of many conditions, including tumours, developmental malformations and dementia.
Rita was the recipient of many awards, became a Foreign Member of the Royal Society and a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, and was made an Italian senator for life. She also established the Rita Levi-Montalcini Foundation to support the education of girls and women in Africa.
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Drawing since childhood, Daria studied illustration at the Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Originally from Russia but now living in Italy, Daria’s many influences include the Russian masters Bilibin, Benois and Bakst, and the traditional fairy tales with which she grew up. Daria’s greatest ambition is to communicate with and educate children through her art. She has seen many wonderful places during her travels, and considers herself lucky to have been able to develop a profession from her passion. Find out more.
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