Florence, June 12, 1922 – Trieste, 29 June 2013
She was Italian astrophysicist and science popularizer.
It ‘been a professor of astronomy at the University of Trieste from 1964 to 1 November 1992 the year in which it was placed “out of role” by seniority.
She was the first Italian woman to direct the Astronomical Observatory of Trieste from 1964 to 1987, bringing it to international renown.
Member of the most prestigious physical and astronomical societies, Margherita Hack was also director of the Department of Astronomy, University of Trieste from 1985 to 1991 and from 1994 to 1997. It ‘been a member of the National Academy of Lincei. He worked at several American and European observers and has been for a long time member of ESA and NASA working groups. In Italy, with un’intenza work in promoting it got the Italian astronomical community from expanding its activities in the use of satellites reaching a level of international renown. He has published many original papers in international journals and several books both popular both at the university level. In 1994 he received the Targa Giuseppe Piazzi for scientific research. In 1995 he received the International Prize Cortina Ulisse for scientific dissemination. He founded the bimonthly magazine Astronomy whose first issue came out in November 1979, then, along with Corrado Lamberti, directed the popular science magazine and astronomical culture Stars.
She died 29 June 2013 in Trieste, Cattinara hospital where he was hospitalized for a week for heart problems, for about two years accused of respiratory problems and motor. It rests in the cemetery of St. Anne Trieste.