This Saturday, Antonio Galopim de Carvalho will be honored by the Portuguese Association of Geologists (APG). This morning at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), the Session “Scientific Dissemination, an Important Part of Life Story” is part of the APG’s 13th Annual Meeting and provides an opportunity to see and hear a Portuguese geologist known as the “grandfather of the dinosaurs.” The night before, this Friday, at the end of the day, Galopim de Carvalho will also be at the National Museum of Natural History, Lisbon Botanical Gardens and Principe Real Gardens, participating in the Night of European Explorers program in the inevitable talk of dinosaurs. …
The tribute justifying APG’s leadership goes without saying “because of his invaluable contributions to the fields of sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology and marine geology, setting the benchmark in these fields both nationally and internationally.” And they add, “It also underlines his exceptional ability to communicate and disseminate science, bringing earth sciences to a very wide audience.”
António Galopim de Carvalho recently spoke with Pablico just days before his 90th birthday, many of which focused on a distinguished career in Portugal that led him to become an established public figure. In an interview published on his birthday, August 11, the Portuguese geologist focused on the past and present. He recalled, for example, how and why he used his fascination (and the fascination of many others) with dinosaurs to revitalize the National Museum of Natural History in Lisbon in the early 1990s. His “museum” protected the geological heritage in special deposits with dinosaur footprints.
He talked about the time when he was “forced” to leave the museum almost two decades ago, when they tried to throw him on a shelf. “I left because Prime Minister Duran Barroso did not allow me to stay there. I retired two years ago and to continue I needed the Prime Minister’s permission and I didn’t, ”he explained, confirming that at that moment he felt that they wanted to put him“ on the shelf ” … … But he boasts, “I jumped off the shelf! They put me on the shelf, I didn’t want to stay there. “
Among many other stories, you can tell how he became known as the “father of the dinosaurs” and elaborate more on the “hysteria” that caused him to never use the most common word for these extinct animals. “I’m hysterical, if you like, I still say dinosaur. If we look at the dictionary of the Academy of Sciences, it accepts both versions. In fact, those who know the language say you should say dinosaur. I don’t know why, but they explain. Paleontologists – who utters words, he moves them – said “dinosaur”. It’s hysterical, ”he admitted to Pabliko.
Instead of a shelf, he continued to work for the past 18 years, wrote and woke up at four in the morning, “full of ideas and desires.” Now transitioning to new technologies and already having over 23,000 Facebook followers, the “father of the dinosaurs” who is now a grandfather shares memories, reflections and teachings ranging from geology to art and recipes. Today he has published over 30 books. He assumes that he enjoys “ego massages” on social media and that he “knows how to listen to nice words” because they encourage him to “keep going”. Today, there is another incentive that APG is promoting.
Anyone who cannot attend the tribute session scheduled for Saturday morning has the opportunity the day before. This Friday, Galopim de Carvalho will be one of the guests for a public talk (about dinosaurs) as part of the European Explorers’ Night program at the National Museum of Natural History, Lisbon Botanical Gardens and Principe. The real garden, which takes place this Friday from 16:00 to 23:00.