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National Medal of Science award ceremony, 2003
October 6, 1931|
December 9, 2018 (aged 87)|
San Diego, California, U.S.
Johns Hopkins University|
Chandra X-ray Observatory
|Alma mater||University of Milan|
Elliott Cresson Medal (1980)|
Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (1981)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2002)
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.