Riccardo Giacconi

Curriculum Vitae

University of Milan
Milan, Italy
Doctorate in
Physics, 1954
Professional experience  
Assistant Professor of Physics
University of Milan
Milan, Italy
Research Associate (Fulbright Fellow)
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
Research Associate, Cosmic Ray Laboratory
Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
American Science & Engineering, Inc.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Senior Scientist
Member of the Board of Directors (1966-1973)
Executive Vice President (1969-1973)
Associate Director
High Energy Astrophysics Division
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Professor of Astronomy
Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Principal Investigator on several NASA programs, including
HEAO-2 (“Einstein”)
AXAF Interdisciplinary Scientist (Chandra)


Space Telescope Science Institute
Baltimore, Maryland
Professor of Astronomy
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
Chairman of the Board
Instituto Donegani
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
University of Milan
Milan, Italy
Director General
European Southern Observatory
Associated Universities, Inc.
Washington, DC
Research Professor
The Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
Fulbright Fellow, 1956-1958
Helen B. Warner Award of the American Astronomical Society, 1966
Como Prize of the Italian Physical Society, 1967
Röntgen Prize in Astrophysics for 1971 of the Physikalisch-Medizinische Gesellschaft, Würzburg, Germany, 1971
NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement, 1971
NASA Distinguished Public Service Award, 1972
NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, 1980
Elliott Cresson Medal of the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, 1980
Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 1981
Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics, AAS/AIP, 1981
Henry Norris Russell Lecturer of the American Astronomical Society for 1981
Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1982
The A. Cressy Morrison Award in Natural Sciences, The New York Academy of Sciences, 1982
Wolf Prize in Physics, 1987
Nobel Prize in Physics, 2002
Honorary degrees
Honorary Doctor of Science, The University of Chicago, 1983
Laurea Honoris Causa in Astronomia, The University of Padua, 1984
Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Warsaw, 1996
Laurea Honoris Causa in Physics, University of Rome, 1998
Honorary Doctor of Technology and Science, University of Uppsala, Sweden, 2000
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow
National Academy of Sciences, Member
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Foreign Member
The Royal Astronomical Society, Associate
American Philosophical Society, Member
Max-Planck Society, External Member
American Astronomical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow
American Physical Society, Fellow
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Cosmos Club

From Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 2002, Editor Tore Frängsmyr, [Nobel Foundation], Stockholm, 2003

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