Paulo Vanzolini

Paulo Vanzolini

Paulo Vanzolini

Paulo Vanzolini (São Paulo, April 25, 1924 – April 28, 2013) graduated from the School of Medicine of University of São Paulo in 1947, but he never practiced medicine. At the time he already wrote poetry and began to compose samba songs. At the Harvard University, he completed his doctorate in zoology, his yearning since he was ten years old. As a biologist, in 1946 he joined the Department of Zoology of the Agriculture, Industry and Commerce Office of the State of São Paulo. In 1959, as scientific advisor in this institution, Vanzolini actively participated in the creation of the São Paulo State Foundation for the Support of Research (Fapesp), one of the most important research funding agencies in Brazil. He was Director of the Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo from 1962 to 1993, and during this time he set up the worldwide largest collection of books on South America’s reptiles. In 2008 he donated his library comprising 25,000 items among books, maps, and scientific journals, to the Museum of Zoology of the University of São Paulo. Vanzolini participated in the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, as well as in several international scientific organizations. His scientific career has brought forth a significant production: 6 books, 145 articles and numerous awards. Paulo Vanzolini’s musical comprises approximately 75 songs.

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