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Who am I?

This is an important philosophical question... and I feel that I am not able to answer it (yet?)… But, it is quite interesting to realize that we can answer who we are not!

For the purposes of this website, I am an astronomer, with a fascination for astrometry, astroinformatics, astrostatistics and space-missions... space the final frontier… to boldly go where no one has gone before… right? I received a double-degree PhD in “Astronomy, Astrophysics & Particles” from the Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil) and Université de Bordeaux (France), and since 2011 I work at the Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal) in an amazing group that brings together astronomers and engineers (hardware and software) called CENTRA/SIM. Prior to that, I graduated from the Conservatório Musical Anchieta, in São Paulo, in classical Piano, and I received the MSc and BSc degrees from the Universidade de São Paulo (in Astrophysics and Physics, respectively).

If that helps, some of my favorite books are Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, The Idiot by Dostoievsky, La valeur de la Science by Poincaré, and some old greeks about trojans. I have been trying to finish Knuth’s The Art of Computer Programming for sometime, but hum, the author himself still needs to attain convergence. I am also struggling to translate Tycho Brahe’s Astronomiae Instauratae Mechanica (an enlightening short work!) to Portuguese during my (scarce) free time, while in terms of music, well, Bach with a touch of Pärt.