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Riccardo Giacconi: A High-Energy Visionary Wins Nobel Prize

by WKT
October 8, 2002 ::
Riccardo Giacconi
Riccardo Giacconi
NASA's Uhuru
NASA's Uhuru
The Einstein X-ray Observatory
The Einstein X-ray Observatory
The Chandra team was thrilled by the news that Riccardo Giacconi will be a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics for 2002 "for pioneering contributions to astrophysics, which have led to the discovery of cosmic X-ray sources."

Giacconi's vision, intellect, and ability to inspire others led directly to the Chandra X-ray Observatory and to the legions of X-ray astronomers who now explore the high-energy universe. Justly called "the father of X-ray astronomy," Giacconi and his team discovered the first cosmic X-ray source in 1962, then proposed, designed and directed NASA's Uhuru X-ray satellite which found the first evidence for a black hole. The Einstein X-ray Observatory, the first imaging X-ray telescope, was also a product of Giacconi's team.

Proposal to NASA
Proposal to NASA
In 1976, Giacconi along with Harvey Tananbaum, now director of the Chandra X-ray Center, submitted a proposal letter to NASA that began the process that led to the development of the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

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Members of the Chandra Team High-Energy Celebration
Members of the Chandra team at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory who had worked or trained with Riccardo Giacconi hold an impromptu gathering to celebrate the Nobel Prize announcement

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