|This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the Italian Wikipedia. (October 2011)|
12 June 1922|
|Died||29 June 2013
Popular Science Writer
|Institutions||University of Trieste|
|Alma mater||University of Florence|
|Notable awards||Targa Giuseppe Piazzi (1994)
Premio Internazionale Cortina Ulisse (1995)
Margherita Hack, Dame Grand Cross OMRI (Italian: [marɡeˈriːta ak]; 12 June 1922 – 29 June 2013) was an Italian astrophysicist and popular science writer. The asteroid 8558 Hack, discovered in 1995, was named in her honour.
Born in Florence, she graduated in physics from the University of Florence in 1945, with a thesis in astrophysics on Cepheid variables, after studies made in the Arcetri Observatory. She was full professor of astronomy from 1964 to 1997 at the University of Trieste before she retired in 1998.
She administered the Trieste Astronomical Observatory from 1964 to 1987.
She was a member of several physics and astronomy associations, and was director of the Astronomy Department at the University of Trieste from 1985 to 1991 and from 1994 to 1997. She was a member of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei and of the Italian Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics.
In Italy, she was specially known for her atheistic views and her continual criticism of the Catholic Church and of its hierarchy and institutions.
She was a vegetarian and has written a book explaining this choice entitled Perché sono vegetariana ("Why I Am A Vegetarian").
She left to the city of Trieste her personal library containing 24000 books on astronomy.
Awards and decorations
|Dame Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic – awarded on 28 May 2012|
|Gold Medal of the Italian Order of Merit for Culture and Art – awarded on 27 May 1998|
- Italy’s 'lady of the stars' Margherita Hack dies at 91
- International Astronomical Union, European Physical Society, Italian Astronomical Society, Italian Society of Physics
- "Socio nazionale nella classe di scienze fisiche matematiche e naturali. Categoria seconda: astronomia, geodesia, geofisica e applicazioni; sezione A: Astronomia e applicazioni". Margherita Hack's profile on www.lincei.it
- Margherita Hack: «Sono malata ma non mi opero. Come va, va» (Italian)
- "Presidential Awards". Quirinal Palace. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
- "Presidential Awards". Quirinal Palace. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
- Media related to Margherita Hack at Wikimedia Commons