He was born in Oeiras in 1943. He is a Full Professor in Chemistry at the University of Coimbra where he graduated in Physical and Chemical Sciences. He holds a Doctorate from the University of London (1971) and was the President of the FCTUC Scientific Council, Secretary of State for Higher Education between 1980 and 1981 and President of the UCP Beiras Regional Centre. He was President of the Portuguese Chemistry Society and is a full member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on the areas of: photochemistry, chemical kinetics reactivity, the production of solar energy, cultural effects in science and controversial scientific themes about the relation between science and religion. He was awarded the following prizes: INVENTA 2011 because of the patents he co-invented; Estímulo à Excelência [“Stimulating Excellence”] from the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) (2004); the Aboim Lemos award from the Faculty of Theology of the Portuguese Catholic University (1998); the Gulbenkian Foundation Science award (1994); the Ferreira da Silva medal given by the Portuguese Chemistry Society (1984); Artur Malheiros award from the Lisbon Academy of Sciences (1972). In 2007 he published “Chemical Kinetics. From Molecular Structure to Chemical Reactivity” (Elsevier, as co-author); Nos Bastidores da Ciência. Vinte Anos Depois [“Science Backstage. Twenty years later”], Coimbra: Coimbra University Press (2008); O Deus que não temos. Uma história de grandes intuições e mal-entendidos [“The God we don’t have. A history of great intuition and misunderstandings”] published by Bizâncio, which he co-wrote with the Fr. Oliveira Branco. In 2009 he wrote Uma intuição por Portugal [“An intuition for Portugal”] published by Artez.
Books published in Coimbra University Press:
Fernando Pinto Coelho o mestre e o professor universitário (“Fernando Pinto Coelho, Master and University Professor”)
A esperança, utopia impossível?: Da insatisfação como via do (que podemos) conhecer, e esperar, e devir