Press Release – On the anniversary of her birth, the Leonardo Committee joins in remembrance of Rita Levi-Montalcini

Press releases   22 April 2013

Luisa Todini, Chairman of the Leonardo Committee: “With talent and dedication she represented the best of Italy.” Three years ago, the Leonardo Career Prize, the prestigious honour the Committee gives to leading figures of Italian excellence around the world, was awarded to her at the Quirinale Palace.

Rome, 22 April 2013 – On the anniversary of the birth of Rita Levi-Montalcini, Luisa Todini, Chair of the Leonardo Committee, recalls the great scientist by taking part in a meeting entitled Life of a Nobel Prizewinner – In Commemoration of Rita Levi-Montalcini organised by the Jewish Foundation and the Rita Levi-Montalcini Institute at Rome’s La Sapienza University.

“She was great woman of science and a researcher renowned for her excellence worldwide. With her talent, integrity and constant dedication, she was able to represent the best of Italy both at home and abroad,” said Luisa Todini. “I can still remember with great emotion the award ceremony at the Quirinal Palace, when President Napolitano handed her the Leonardo Career Prize. The audience gave her the longest standing ovation in the history of the Leonardo Prizes,” Ms Todini went on. “Rita Levi-Montalcini taught us that with grit and determination it’s possible to achieve even the most ambitious goals.”

The Leonardo Committee awarded her the 2009 Leonardo Career Prize in recognition of the vital scientific contribution she made to the international community during her long career, which is still relevant today for the advancement of medicine.


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