Unavoidable name of national and international scientific community, Arsélio Pato de Carvalho, was born in 1934, August 1. He went to the United States with 16 years old, returning 18 years later to Coimbra, where he brought the concept of teaching graduate. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also obtained his doctorate in Cell Physiology. His scientific work, contained in more than two hundred published articles, focuses on the field of Cellular Physiology and Neurobiology. He made part of various advisory and evaluation committees of Portuguese government and Gulbenkian Foundation. He was a founder, director and researcher at the Centre for Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Coimbra. He is professor emeritus at the University of Coimbra, member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon and Grand Officer of the Order of Infante Dom Henrique. After retired, he created the Institute of Education and Citizenship in Mamarrosa, where he was born. Currently he was nominated ombudsman for fellows at the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.