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José Alves Bonifácio

Fotografia de José Alves Bonifácio / Photo of José Alves Bonifácio José Alves Bonifácio
University teacher and politician

José Alves Bonifácio was born in the parish of Castelo de Neiva, municipality and district of Viana do Castelo, on 22 January 1860.

He graduated in Public Works and Mining Engineering at the Polytechnic Academy of Porto. After presenting his thesis "Teoria da função potencial e do potencial" (1890), in 1891 he joined the faculty of the Academy and was appointed teacher of the 4th chair – Descriptive Geometry – by decree 21 February of that year.

From the Polytechnic Academy he transferred in 1911 to the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, where he taught until he retired in 1929, and achieved a Ph.D. in Mathematics (1918). He served as Interim Director of this Faculty between December 1926 and July 1927 and as Head from August 1927 until May / June 1929.

In addition to the academic career in university education, José Alves Bonifácio was also a high school teacher at the Liceu Central D. Manuel II between 1902 and 1903 and 1909-1910. At the same time, he published some scientific works, for example, "Geometria plana e no espaço", in 1892.

Like other men of his generation, he was involved in politics. He was Interim President of the Administrative Committee of Porto City Council between 3 October 1918 and 24 January 1919 and President of the Administrative Committee appointed by the Monarchy Board of the North, between 24 January and 15 February 1919.

His participation in the counter-revolutionary movement known as "Monarquia do Norte" (1919) resulted in the suspension of his teaching functions and salary, by decree of 4 March 1919. He returned to his position in January of the following year.

Alves Bonifácio lived in Rua do Gama, Foz do Douro, and often attended the Rigollot Club. He died in 1943.
(Universidade Digital / Gestão de Informação, 2011)

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