Riccardo Giacconi, Italian-US astronomer

Riccardo Giacconi, Italian-US astronomer

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Credit: PATRICK DUMAS/LOOK AT SCIENCES/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Riccardo Giacconi (born 1931), Italian-US astrophysicist, in front of a blackboard during a conference. Giacconi pioneered X-ray astronomy and was awarded the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics for this work. 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). Here he is on a visit to Toulouse where he was made an honorary citizen of the city and awarded an honorary doctorate from the Paul Sabatier University. Photographed at the Centre d'Etude Spatiale des Rayonnements (CESR), Toulouse, France, in April 2004.

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