Margherita Hack Google Doodle: Today’s Doodle celebrates the 99th birthday of Italian professor, activist, writer, and astrophysicist Margarita’s “The Lady of the Stars” hack. Outside of his interest in developing satellites, asteroids, and stellar atmospheres, the hack supported civil rights as a vocal advocate of progressive causes, animal protection, and equality for all.
Margarita Hack was born in Florence on this day in 1922. Before studying physics, he took only one university class in literature. After protecting his thesis on the saved variables (stars used to measure intergalactic distances) in 1945, The Hack applied his knowledge of stellar spectroscopy as an astronomer at Florence’s Astronomical Observatory of Archaeology.
In 1964, The Hack moved to Trieste, where she not only made history as the first Italian woman to earn full professorship at the city’s university but also as the first female director of the Trista Astronomical Observatory. For more than 20 years, he transformed Trista’s observatory from a largely anonymous institution into a globally renowned nexus of scientific advances. These distinctive innovations gained hack international recognition in the astronomical community, leading to distinguished membership in NASA and the European Space Agency – both home to the world’s leading scientific observatories.
Acclaimed for his ability to explain complex scientific concepts to the general public, Hack published dozens of academic papers, several astronomy books, and established two astronomical journals. He received many accolades for his lifetime achievements, especially the asteroid 8558 hack, which orbits between Mars and Jupiter, which was named in his honor in 1995. At the age of 90, the Italian government awarded the hack its highest award: Dama’s title is Gran Crowe.
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