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Rita Levi Montalcini, Nobel Prizewinner in Medicine, Dies at 103

December 30, 2012

Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini

Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian Nobel laureate for medicine in 1986, attends the opening session of a World Summit on Food Security in Rome on Nov. 16, 2009. Levi-Montalcini died on Dec. 30, 2012. She was 103. Photographer: Pier Paolo Cito/AFP/Getty Images, Pool

Rita Levi Montalcini, a winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine and an Italian Senator for Life, died today in Rome at the age of 103.

Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno announced her passing in an e- mailed statement.

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