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Riccardo Giovanelli

Riccardo Giovanelli is a professor of astronomy at Cornell. His research interests are in the areas of observational cosmology and the structure, evolution, and environments of galaxies.

Born in Italy and raised in Argentina, Riccardo studied physics at the University of Parma and the University of Bologna. He then attended Indiana University as a Fulbright fellow, earning his PhD in astronomy in 1976.

Before coming to Cornell in 1991, Riccardo was director of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. In 1989 he and Martha Haynes received the Henry Draper Medal of the National Academy of Sciences for their work on mapping the local universe, and in 1997 he was honored with the title of Knight of the Republic by the President of Italy.