Int. J. Dev. Biol. 53: 1273 - 1275 (2009)
doi: 10.1387/ijdb.072314mc
© UPV/EHU Press

Idealism and romantic patriotism for science - an interview with José Francisco David-Ferreira

Maria Carmo-Fonseca* and José Francisco David-Ferreira

Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

ABSTRACT Jose Francisco David-Ferreira is one of the most influential Professors of Cell and Developmental Biology in Portugal. David-Ferreira pioneered the use of electron microscopy in cell biology and experimental embryology. He also paved the way for successive generations of biologists who cross-fertilized the national scientific community. As we discuss briefly below, David-Ferreira is above all a Pedagogue and an Institution builder.

Keywords:

cell biology, embryology, electron microscopy

*Corresponding author e-mail: carmo.fonseca@fm.ul.pt