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José Goldemberg

Goldemberg now a FAPESP Trustee

José Goldemberg, appointed to the FAPESP Board of Trustees

Léo RamosJosé Goldemberg, appointed to the FAPESP Board of TrusteesLéo Ramos

Physicist José Goldemberg has been appointed by São Paulo Governor Geraldo Alckmin to the Board of Trustees of FAPESP to finish the term of office held by Alejandro Szanto de Toledo, professor at the Institute of Physics at the University of São Paulo (USP), who died in February 2015. A professor at the Institute of Energy and Environment at USP, Goldemberg was nominated for the position by the university of which he was chancellor from 1986 to 1990. Born in the Santa Catarina city of Santo Ângelo in 1928, Goldemberg earned his bachelor’s degree in sciences (1950), his doctorate (1954) and his associate professorship (1957) at USP. He also spent time at universities in Paris and Toronto and studied at Princeton and Stanford. In the federal government he served as Secretary of Science and Technology in the Office of the President of the Republic, interim Secretary of the Environment during the time of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio-92), and Minister of Education. From 2002 to 2006 he was Secretary of the Environment of the State of São Paulo. An expert in nuclear physics and renewable energy, José Goldemberg is one of the most frequently awarded researchers in Brazil. In June 2008, he received the Blue Planet Prize from the Asahi Glass Foundation in Japan for helping formulate and implement policies to improve the use and conservation of energy—specifically, a concept he formulated according to which in order to develop, poor countries need not repeat technological paradigms adopted by the wealthy in the past. In 2013, Goldemberg traveled to Abu Dhabi to receive the Zayed Future Energy Prize, awarded to distinguished professionals in renewable energy by a foundation established by the son of Sheik Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, one of the founders of the United Arab Emirates. In 2014, Goldemberg won the Conrad Wessel Foundation Award in the category of Science, to be delivered in June 2015.