News from Nobelprize.org
April 24, 2009
This week, for the first time ever, a Nobel Laureate reached their centenary. Rita Levi-Montalcini, joint discoverer of nerve growth factor and the co-recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, celebrated her 100th birthday in Rome on Wednesday 22 April. To mark this unique event, Nobelprize.org published a newly recorded interview with her. Still doing three jobs – she visits the lab daily, works with her charity helping African women, and is a senior senator in the Italian parliament – she says “The last period of my life is perhaps the best”.
Another recent centenary was that of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, which was awarded for the 100th time last year. About a quarter of the Chemistry Prizes have been for work in the area of organic chemistry; the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds. This month saw the release of our project summarizing the organic chemistry-related Nobel Prizes in accessible Speed Reads, with the aim of helping to shed some light on the craft of organic chemistry, and the far-reaching benefits it delivers.
So please join us in wishing Rita Levi-Montalcini a happy birthday, and we hope you enjoy the selection of anniversary content below.