April 22 will see the one hundred and third birthday of a remarkable woman. Born in 1909 and the oldest living recipient of a Nobel award, she still works every day and puts her remarkable longevity down to her own discovery – NGF (Nerve Growth Factor). So astonishing is her vitality beyond her centenary year that many have asked the question – does this woman have the secret of eternal life? Not only that, as a Jewish woman her own life took many dramatic turns in the Europe of Hitler…
"In 1943, Maria von Maltzan, a German aristocrat, took Hans Hirschel, her Jewish lover into her Berlin apartment to hide him from the Nazis. It was the time when the last Jews were supposed to be 'cleansed' out of Berlin. Since Hans had ingeniously faked his own suicide, he was registered as dead, and for a long while, no suspicion fell on Maria; until one day..." Read the rest of the story at the link.
Marie Sklodowska Curie Marie Curie is considered the most famous of all women scientists. She was the only woman ever to win two Nobel Prizes. Prohibited from higher education in her native Poland (then controlled by Russia), she moved to Paris in 1891 and studied at the Sorbonne. In 1903 her discovery of radioactivity earned her the Nobel Prize in physics. In 1911, she won it for chemistry.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, one of my favorite authors. She was one of the last woman to live in a world that many have forgotten. Moving from place to place when too many people came. The beauty of an unsettled world was not lost on her, and she yearned for space to live. She has always remained one of my fav authors, never fading into the woodwork.
Eli Wiesel: Holocaust survivor, author, speaker, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Most famous quote: Lo Taamod al dam réakha," thou shalt not stand idly by while another human being suffers. This is tattooed on my inner arm, so I never forget. Most famous work "Night."
Rita Levi-Montalcini (1909-2012). Italian neurologist 103 years active and working. Nobel Prize (Physiology/Medicine) for her discovery of nerve growth factor. Inspiring for all women. ~ 'I tell young people: Do not think of yourself, think of others. Think of the future that awaits you, think about what you can do and do not fear anything. Do not fear the difficulties: I've had many in the past and I crossed without fear, with total indifference for myself'