The Google Doodle celebrated Italian astrophysicist and scientific disseminator Margherita Hack using an animated graphic on her 99th birth anniversary on 12th June 2021. The doodle shows “Hack sitting on her chair and looking into her telescope”.

Margherita Hack

The Italian astrophysicist and scientific disseminator. Margherita Hack discovered asteroid 8558 Hack in the year 1995 which was named in her honour. She was born on 12th June 1922, in Florence. In between 1964 to 1992, Hack was full professor of astronomy at the University of Trieste. She was the 1st Italian woman to administrate Trieste Astronomical Observatory. She worked at many American and European observatories and was a member of working groups of European Space Agency as well as NASA. She died in 2013 when she was at 91.

Awards and honours

She was awarded with Targa Giuseppe Piazzi in the year 1994 for her scientific research. She also received Cortina Ulisse Prize for scientific dissemination in the year 1995. She was honoured with title of Dama di Gran Croce, which is the highest award given by Italian government.