Ambrogino d’Oro awarded to Amalia Ercoli Finzi

The major recognition awarded to the “Comet Lady”, an Honorary Professor at Politecnico di Milano

On 7 December, during the traditional ceremony at Teatro Dal Verme, Amalia Ercoli Finzi received the Ambrogino d'Oro, the civic honour awarded by the City of Milan to men, women, associations and organisations that have made a special contribution to the city.

Amalia Ercoli Finzi is an Honorary Professor of Space Flight Mechanics at Politecnico di Milano. After graduating from our university in 1962 as the first woman in Italy to receive a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, she went on to dedicate herself to an academic career and scientific activity in the field of space missions, participating in national and international research programmes funded by space agencies (ASI, ESA, NASA). Known as the "Comet Lady", she was the lead scientist of the SD2 experiment of the Rosetta mission — the space probe launched in 2004 that successfully reached comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and collected samples of comet material.

To find out more about Prof. Finzi’s personal and professional path, visit this page