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Riccardo Giacconi
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National Medal of Science award ceremony, 2003
Born (1931-10-06)October 6, 1931
Died December 9, 2018(2018-12-09) (aged 87)
Nationality Italy
United States
Alma mater University of Milan
Known for Astrophysics
Awards Elliott Cresson Medal (1980)
Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (1981)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2002)
Scientific career
Fields Physics
Institutions Johns Hopkins University
Chandra X-ray Observatory
Doctoral advisor  
Doctoral students  

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. He was a professor at the Johns Hopkins University.

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

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