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José Pedro Teixeira
Mathematician and teacher

Portrait by Júlio Ramos
Retrato de José Pedro Teixeira, pintado por Júlio Ramos / Portrait of José Pedro Teixeira, painted by Júlio Ramos

Biography of José Pedro Teixeira (1857-1925)

José Pedro Teixeira was born in Condeixa, in the council of Coimbra, on 13 July 1857.
He attended the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Coimbra, where he submitted a dissertation entitled "Estudo sobre Funções Duplamente Periódicas de Primeira e Segunda Espécia" (edited in 1888).

As Doctor of Mathematical Sciences by the University of Coimbra, he competed in 1889 for a position in the Department of Mathematics at the Polytechnic Academy of Porto, submitting the dissertation "Estudo Sobre Funções Duplamente Periódicas de Terceira Espécie".
In 1891, he was appointed substitute teacher of the Polytechnic Academy of Porto by decree of 21 February and royal writ of 28 February 1892, having taken up office on 26 February 1891. At the same time, he taught Mathematics and continued his research work. After the creation of the chair of Industrial Technology, in the Industrial Engineering course, in 1897, José Pedro Teixeira also took charge of this chair (the 17th) between 1898 and 1911. In 1898, he was appointed permanent teacher by degree of 7 January.

With the creation of the University of Porto in 1911, José Pedro Teixeira taught in the 2nd group – Mechanics and Astronomy, 1st Department – Mathematics, of the Faculty of Sciences, and became permanent teacher of the chair of Mathematical Physics. Between 1911 and 1915, he taught the chair of Applied Electricity – Electrical Engineering, in the Industrial Engineering course of the School of Engineering attached to the Faculty of Sciences.

José Pedro Teixeira published many scientific works on Mathematics and Electrical Engineering in periodicals such as "Jornal de Ciências Matemáticas e Astronómicas", the "Scientific proceedings of the Polytechnic Academy of Porto", "Jornal de Ciências Matemáticas Físicas e Naturais" and "Revista dos Estudantes da Universidade do Porto".

He was admitted as corresponding member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences in 1895 and participated in congresses of the Portuguese-Spanish Association for the Advancement of Sciences, including in Porto, in 1921, and in Salamanca two years later, where he submitted papers in the field of Mathematics.

He died in Condeixa on 24 August 1925.

Universidade Digital / Gestão de Informação, 2012. Scientific Review by Jorge Fernandes Alves (FLUP)

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