Happy 100th Birthday, Rita

Italian scientist and Nobel laureate Rita Levi Montalcini

Italian scientist and Nobel laureate Rita Levi Montalcini

It does not even seem true. Of course, time does not stop, we all get older but… are you really turning 100 ?
Wow… the way you keep working, advocating for science in Italy and abroad, serving in the Italian senate and articulating your thoughts better than many who could be your great-grand-children… well, I for one surely wish that I could be as sharp as you are at my age, let alone yours.

You have been, are, and will always be an inspiration for all of us, women and men, scientists and non-scientists, in Italy and abroad. Your accomplishments seem all the more amazing considering the odds that you have overcome — a Jewish person living through fascism, a woman in the sciences…
There are very few like you — sure, there are other Nobel prize winners (albeit very few of them are women), many good scientists, good politicians, serious professionals, and generally people of the highest integrity. But very few are capable of eliciting the admiration of everyone, like you.
Thank you for your first 100 years, Rita. I wish you could live 100 more. The world could definitely use someone like you until your very last day.

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3 Responses to “Happy 100th Birthday, Rita”

  1. sassy Says:

    100 and still healthly engaged in life – yes, a very Happy Birthday indeed.

  2. ScientistMother Says:

    wow, what an amazing woman. Happy birthday indeed!

  3. Cath@VWXYNot? Says:

    I should hope to be doing half as well at half that age! Happy birthday Rita!

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