On this day in 1922 – June 12th – Italian astrophysicist and populariser of science Margherita Hack was born in Florence.

She became a full professor of astronomy at the University of Trieste and the administrator of the Trieste Astronomical Observatory, the first woman in Italy to hold either of such positions. Hack received national and international recognition for her innovations at the observatory and her promotion of astronomy to the public.

Mona Evans
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