Riccardo Giacconi (1931–2018)

  title={Riccardo Giacconi (1931–2018)},
  author={Piero Rosati},
  pages={349 - 349}
  • P. Rosati
  • Published 25 January 2019
  • Physics
  • Science
Pioneer in x-ray astronomy and visionary astrophysicist Riccardo Giacconi, one of the most charismatic and influential figures of astrophysics in the modern era, died on 9 December 2018. He was 87. Giacconi was a co-recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physics for “pioneering contributions to astrophysics, which have led to the discovery of cosmic x-ray sources.” His contributions to astronomy, however, span the entire electromagnetic spectrum, as he directed the development and operation of…