Idealism and romantic patriotism for science (Entrevista - 2009)

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


MARIA CARMO-FONSECA*
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.
KEY WORDS: cell biology, embryology, electron microscopy

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