Professor José Goldemberg earned his Ph.D. in Physical Sciences from the University de São Paulo in 1954, where he held the position of Full Professor in the Engineering School’s Physics Department. He was Rector of the University from 1986 to 1991.
A Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, he has served as the President of Brazilian Association for the Advancement of Science and President of the Energy Company of the State of São Paulo (CESP). Between 1990 and 1992, he was Brazil’s Secretary of State for Science and Technology and Minister of State for Education.
Over the years, he did research and taught at the University of Illinois, Stanford University of Paris (Orsay) and Princeton University.
From 1998 to 2000, he served as Chairman of the World Energy Assessment. More recently, between 2002 and 2006, he was Secretary for the Environment of the State of São Paulo.
He has authored many technical papers and books on Nuclear Physics, Sustainable Development and Energy. In 2007 Time magazine honoured him as one of its “Heroes of the Environment”. In 2007 he was awarded the “KPCB Prize for Greentech Policy Innovators”. In 2008 he was awarded the Blue Planet Prize 2008 of the Asahi Glass Foundation (Japan). In 2010 he received the “Trieste Science Prize” of the Third World Academy of Sciences and in 2013 “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Zayed Future Energy Prize.
He is Professor Emeritus of the University of São Paulo. In 2014 he was awarded the “Guerreiro da Educação” Prize – Ruy Mesquita by the CIEE – Centro de Integração Empresa Escola e the O Estado de São Paulo. In 2015 he was awarded the Fundação Conrado Wessel Prize 2014.