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Riccardo Giacconi: A High-Energy Visionary Wins Nobel Prize
October 8, 2002
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
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.
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