Américo da Costa Ramalho (1921-2013), born in Almeida, was a distinguished student at D. João III High School, and a 1945 graduate in Classical Philosophy from the Faculty of Letters at the University of Coimbra with a mark of 18. He was grant-holder from the High Culture Institute of the University of Oxford (1947-1949), where he had eminent teachers, such as Fraenkel, Dodds, and Denniston. In 1954 he was appointed Professor at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra, having taught as Visiting Professor of Portuguese at New York University from 1959-1962.
Beginning his remarkable career in the area of Greek Literature, Professor Américo da Costa Ramalho is noted amongst Portuguese and international academics for his knowledge and vast body of work in the area of Neo-Latin literature and Portuguese Renaissance Humanism.
He also worked in important positions in both his Faculty and his University.
He was member of the Lisbon Sciences Academy, was a permanent member of the Portuguese Academy of History, member of the Hispanic Society of America, and of the Société des Études Latines (Paris), the Société Européene de Culture (Venice) and the Real Academia de la Historia (Madrid). He was awarded the Laranja Coelho Prize by the Portuguese Academy of History, the Calouste Gulbenkian History Prize and “Presença de Portugal no Mundo”. He was also very fortunate to have been awarded a Commedation from “Ordine al Merito della Republica Italiana”.