Riccardo Giacconi, Italian-US astronomer

Riccardo Giacconi, Italian-US astronomer

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Credit: EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Riccardo Giacconi (born 1931), Italian-US astrophysicist. Giacconi studied at the University of Milan, later moving to the USA in 1956. He pioneered X-ray astronomy, working on the Uhuru satellite, the Einstein Observatory, and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. For this work, Giacconi was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics. From 1981, he was the first director of the Space Telescope Science Institute (operating the Hubble Space Telescope, HST). From 1993-9 he was director of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), working on the Very Large Telescope (VLT).Restrictions:

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