Riccardo Giacconi


Riccardo Giacconi (October 6, 1931 – December 9, 2018) was an Italian-American astrophysicist and educator. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002. He was awarded the prize because he laid the foundations of X-ray astronomy.[1] He was a professor at the Johns Hopkins University.

Riccardo Giacconi
National Medal of Science award ceremony, 2003
Born(1931-10-06)October 6, 1931
DiedDecember 9, 2018(2018-12-09) (aged 87)
United States
Alma materUniversity of Milan
Known forAstrophysics
AwardsElliott Cresson Medal (1980)
Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (1981)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2002)
Scientific career
InstitutionsJohns Hopkins University
Chandra X-ray Observatory
Doctoral advisor 
Doctoral students 

Giacconi died on December 9, 2018 in San Diego, California, aged 87.[2]