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Riccardo Giovanelli (b. 1946) is an Italian born PhD Astronomer. He works as a Professor in Astronomy at Cornell University. Born in Italy, he spent his childhood years in western Argentina (in Mendoza and Tucuman) but returned with his family to Italy when he was ready to enter university. He studied physics first at the University of Parma and graduated with his laurea cum laude in physics from the University of Bologna in 1969. His parents, an amazing couple, were partisans during the 2nd World War. After graduation, he entered the graduate program at Indiana University as a Fullbright fellow and received his Ph.D in Astronomy in 1976. He undertook his Ph.D. research as a graduate student in residence at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, VA from 1972-3. From 1974-6, he served as a civil volunteer teaching physics at the National University of El Salvador, in substitution of his Italian military service. Upon completion of his Ph.D., he joined the staff of the Arecibo Observatory of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center in Puerto Rico, eventually serving as head of the radio astronomy group as well as observatory site director. In 1991, he joined the faculty at Cornell as professor of astronomy. He is an expert in observational cosmology, galaxy evolution and the application of radio spectroscopy for studies of large scale structure and galaxy evolution. He has been the driving force behind the development of the CCAT telescope project of which he current serves as Director. He is also a strong proponent in support of science in developing countries in South America.
He used to be the Director of Arecibo.
He is married to Martha Haynes.
- "Henry Draper Medal". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 24 February 2011.
- Riccardo Giovanelli, Cornell University
- ALFALFA: The Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA Survey. Team members
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