26. Rita Levi-Montalcini

Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909 – 2012) was an Italian American neurologist who, along with her collaborator Stanley Cohen, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for their discovery of a protein that stimulates the growth of nerve cells, in technical jargon NGF. Thanks to her persistence and innovative spirit, she was a prominent personality in both the medical and social fields. 

By Giulia Peroni