Giuseppe Levi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Giuseppe Levi (October 14, 1872 – February 3, 1965) was an Italian anatomist and histologist, professor of human anatomy (since 1916) at the universities of Sassari, Palermo and Turin. He was born on October 14, 1872 in Trieste to a Jewish family, Michele Levi and Emma Perugia.[1] He was married to Lidia Tanzi and had five children: Gino, Mario, Alberto, Paola (who became the wife of Adriano Olivetti), and writer Natalia Ginzburg (wife of Leone Ginzburg and mother of Carlo Ginzburg),[2][3] who described her father's personality in the successful Italian book Lessico famigliare (1963).

Levi was a pioneer of in vitro studies of cultured cells. He contributed to the study of the nervous system, especially on the plasticity of sensory ganglion cells.[4]

While in Turin, he tutored three students that later became renowned scientists awarded with Nobel prize: Salvador Luria, Renato Dulbecco and Rita Levi-Montalcini.[4]

He was admitted as a national member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in 1926.[3]


  1. ^ Pannese, Ennio (2005). "LEVI, Giuseppe". Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani 64. Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana. Retrieved 2012-12-30. 
  2. ^ Patrizia Acobas. "Natalia Ginzburg 1916 – 1991". Jewish Women's Archive. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Giuseppe Levi" (in Italian). Enciclopedia Treccani online. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  4. ^ a b M. Bentivoglio, A. Vercelli, G. Filogamo (December 2006). "Giuseppe Levi: mentor of three Nobel laureates". Journal of the History of the Neurosciences 15 (4): 358–68. doi:10.1080/09647040600888974. PMID 16997763. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 

External sources[edit]