Ubiratan D’Ambrosio


Ubiratan D’Ambrosio was born in the city of Sao Paulo, Brasil, on December the 8th, 1932. He graduated as a Mathematics Teacher at the University of Sao Paulo in 1955.  He obtained his Doctorate in Mathematics at the San Carlos School of Engineering of the University of Sao Paulo (1963) and followed post-doctorate (research associate) studies in the Math Department at Brown University in Providence, Richmond, USA (1964/65).

He held a scholarship from the Italian Government at the Math Institute of the University of Genoa (1960/61); was an assistant professor at the Mathematics State University of New York at Buffalo, USA (1965/66); an Associate professor at the University of  Rhode Island, USA (1966/68); an Associate professor and director of Graduate Studies at the same university (1968/72).
At the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), Brasil, he was an associate professor of math, director of the Institute for Mathematics, Statistics and Communications Sciences (1972/80),  pro-president of  University Development (1982/90), and currently, professor emeritus.

He was president and vice president of many societies like, for instance: vice-president and president of the International Committee of Math Education (1975/79); vice-president of the International Study Group on Ethnomathematics (1988/96) and president of the Brazilian Society of Math History (1999/2003).

Since 1982 he has participated as a collaborating or visiting professor of Postgraduate programs and Graduate Programs in Education and Mathematics Education in several institutions in Brasil and abroad. He has been a member, as well, of many consultant and technical-scientific councils, and of committees including visitant consultant/professor of UNESCP in the graduate program of the pedagogic center of Bamako, Republic of Mali (1971/80/). Currently, he is the president of UVLA/ Latin American Virtual University.

He has published dozens of books and articles in specialized journals.

He has received the following distinctions:

  • “Fellow” by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) with the title: For imaginative and effective leadership in Latin American Mathematics Education and in efforts towards international cooperation” in 1983.
  • Order to the Merit:” Burity” given by the government of the federal district.
  • Elected “Correspondent Scholar” by the National Academy of Exact, physic and Natural Sciences of Argentina (1991).
  • Honorary President of the Brazilian Society of the History of Science (1989).
  • Honorary associate of the Uruguayan Society of Math Education (SEMUR)
  • Award UNIPAZ 1977 “in acknowledgement for his contribution to the culture of peace” during the International Holistic and Transpersonal Congress in Aguas de Lindoia, Sao Paulo (Sept.7th, 1997).