Ester Antonucci

ESTER ANTONUCCI graduated at the University of Turin (Italy). Her early research was in the field of high energy cosmic rays. Her interest in solar physics began at Stanford University, where she identified rigidly rotating structures in corona. Later on, she actively participated in three major solar space missions. During the operations of the Solar Maximum Mission (NASA) she acted as Deputy Principal Investigator of the Soft X-Ray Polychromator (XRP), at GSFC/NASA. XRP observations led her to find the first evidence for chromospheric evaporation, source of the intense soft-X- ray flare emission. Later on she was involved in the definition of SOHO, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (ESA-NASA), and played a key role in the development of the Ultraviolet Coronagraph Spectrometer, which allowed a breakthrough in the understanding of solar wind acceleration. Actively involved in the proposal and definition of Solar Orbiter (ESA), at present she is Principal Investigator of the Solar Orbiter coronagraph, METIS, and she was PI of its prototype, SCORE, which obtained the first measurement of Helium in the outer corona. She has been Director at the Astrophysical Observatory of Turin (INAF), chair of COSPAR Sub-commissions, member of ESA advisory committees and of the ISSI scientific committee. She is member of the International Academy of Astronautics and of the European Academy of Sciences.