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[ Family | Myself | Important Persons | Important Places ]
With my loving wife Silvia Helena, September 2009.
See also photos at a medical conference, and in our office, Dec.
My beloved parents. Left: With my father João Baptista, at his 75th birthday party (August 1996).
Right: My mother Dolores, portrayed in her heyday of beauty (1977), with my sister Maria Fernanda. My mother
deceased on November 1996.
Left: With my two brothers, Fernando Henrique and João
Baptista (sitting), and my darling sister Maria Fernanda (right) in the Christmas of 1990. She died in a
car accident, December 5th, 1994, at the age of 34.
With my sons Alexandre (left) and Marcelo
(right), February 2011.
A gallery of old family photos is here to be seen.
The passage of time. Left: In Munich, Germany, during my post-doc. I was 31-year old at the time. Right:
In Monterey, California, in 1995. I was then 48-year old. And third: in Salamanca, Spain, 2003, 56 years old.But
I was not always so in appearance. If you are interested, see some of my older photos.
My favorite activity: teaching in a small group ! (during a workshop of the Brazilian Association of Scientific
Publishers, Caxambu, Nov. 1996)
III. Important Persons in My Professional Life
With Prof. Miguel R. Covian
(1915-1992), philosopher, scientist and gentleman, founder of the Brazilian neurophysiology school and my first
scientific advisor, when I had finished my BSc, at the Medical School of Ribeirão
Preto (January 1969, 21-years old). My eternal admiration and gratitude.
Prof. Warwick E. Kerr, geneticist
emeritus and great Brazilian scientific leader, was also my teacher and supporter, in my early start as an apprentice
in science (1965-66).
My uncle, Luciano Endrizzi
(1919-1986), who was a great physician and university professor, and a beloved person. He inspired me in
many things in my life, including following the biomedical research career..Here shown as a young man, just after
entering medical school.
Prof. Eduardo M. Krieger, an inspired teacher, later a colleague and friend, who gave me a lot of support regarding
my dedication to computer applications to physiology. He is now the president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences
and one of the greatest Brazilian biomedical scientists and leaders.
My maternal grandfather, Henrique
Endrizzi, was also a towering and influential figure all through my youth. An Austrian agricultural engineer with
studies in Vienna and Trieste, he was a learned man and a science enthusiast. He raised a big
family after arriving in 1922 in Brazil, to work on agricultural research.
The late Prof. Ricardo F.
Marseillan (1939-1982), a great enthusiast of physiology, electronics and computer application. One of my best
teachers, colleagues and friends. He is greatly missed.
One of my teachers,
Prof. Basilio (Chemistry) was a key influential figure. Here you him see here, alive and well, 40 years later,
in a get-together party of school alumni (year 2000). Other teachers who great impressed me and were part of my
decision to be a scientist: Prof Moacyr (Physics) and Prof. Livio (Mathematics), Prof. Juca (Biology), unfortunately
all already deceased.
IV Important Places in My Life
Liceu Pasteur, also known as the "Franco-Brazilian Lycée",
a primary and secondary school of the French community in São Paulo, Brazil, where I studied in the primary
school, from 1955 to 1957. Its European make-up and educational philosophy, high quality and inspirational environment
where fundamental in my early formative years.
that time, I lived with my family in São Paulo. Our first home was in the neighbourhood of Saúde, in a simple two-floor house (which still stands). Later we moved to an apartment home was
located in a condominium for bank workers (since my father was an
employee with Banco do Brasil). My father was promoted and had to
move back to Campinas, in 1958. These are the two houses were I lived a
happy childhood in Campinas:
Left: 35 Candido Gomide Street, the first house rented by my father when he came to Campinas in 1958, after his stay in
São Paulo. In the garage, the first motor vehicle bought by my father, a Brazilian-made Volkswagen
Kombi station wagon. The house still stands. Right: 778 Santo Antonio de Padua Street, the next house, which was the first truly owned by the family, not a rented one.
We moved in in 1960. The family house also still stands.
The "Colégio Culto à Ciência" ("Cult
to Science" School), in Campinas, Brazil, where I got my early formative years (junior and high school, 1959
to 1964). An old and prestigious public institution, it was known by the quality of its teachers, laboratories
and library. It was tremendously influential in many aspects of my education, particularly the love for science
(the very name of the school!). See other photos of the school here.
See me in my junior school commencement ceremony, with my then young mother (1961).
The School of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, University of São
Paulo, my alma mater, located in the city of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo. I was admitted to
it in 1965, as a medical student, got my bachelor degree in biomedical sciences there (1969, see
photo), the doctoral degree (1977), and joined the faculty from 1972 to 1983 successively as an instructor
and assistant professor. The school is located in a beatiful rural area, which was a coffee plantation. See
here other photos of the campus. Its quality and the tremendous
dedication of its faculty to medical research where very important for my budding scientific career, and later,
for the beginning of my professional academic life. Living and studying there was pure delight. Here you see the
School's coat-of-arms. It means "With science, to expand the limits".
The city of Ribeirão Preto,
where I lived for 19 years, got married and had two children. A
delightful place to live, famous for its excellent beer! After Ribeirão
Preto, I moved in 1983 to Campinas, to continue my professional life,
this time exclusively in medical informatics.
Campinas, lovely city where I was born in 1947 and came back to
in 1958, and, again, in 1983. A bustling urban center with 1 million inhabitants, high tech industry, universities,
health care centers, busy cultural life. The highest per-capita income in Brazil.
The State University of Campinas,
my current place of work, excellent institution of higher learning and research, where most of my later career
was built. A very nice place to work, with many friends and good mementos of deeds past and present. Also, a beautiful
landscape, with its bright red flowers of innumerable "flamboyant" trees, make its campus one of the
tourist attractions of Campinas. At the right side, the building of the Center for Biomedical Informatics,
which I founded in 1983, and where I worked for 20 years (retired in 2003)
I presently live with my wife in a charming and comfortable house in the suburbs of Campinas, very near the University's
campus and its lake.
The Edumed Institute, a creation of mine and my wife, a not-for-profit educational
and research institution located in Campinas, in a beautiful and well equipped house.
The Max-Planck Institute of Psychiatry, located in one of the
most charming sections of Munich, Germany, the university and bohemian quarter of Schwabing. Founded in 1917 by
Emil Kraepelin, one of the forefathers of modern psychiatry as the Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Psychiatrie,
it is a prestigious institution of learning and research. I did my post-doctoral fellowship there, from 1977 to
1979 and lived in the Institute's quarters, at Emil-Kraepelin Strasse. It was one of the best periods of my life,
and I have the fondest memories, enhanced by the good living in Munich. Ah, Munich! Its virtues and delights can never be sufficiently extolled!
Museums, art galleries, historical buildings (seat of the Bavarian kingdom), gardens, breweries, opera houses (three!),
universities, cultural life, folklore, etc. make Munich one of the most livable cities in the world. Munich had
a tremendous impact on my life.
The country house in Campos do Jordão, a most
beautiful mountain resort at 2,000 m altitude, where we spent many wonderful vacations.
It was made of wood, amid tall Brazilian pine trees, utterly isolated. But it was great!