Mariano Gago Award attributed to Onésimo Teotónio de Almeida, member of CAPP's Advisory Board
Onésimo Teotónio de Almeida was awarded the Mariano Gago Award for the book O Século dos Prodígios: A Ciência no Portugal da Expansão [The Century of Prodigies: Science in the portuguese expansion]
The Mariano Gago Prize is promoted by the Portuguese Society of Authors to honor the Portuguese author with the best book of scientific dissemination. In 2019, the jury attributed this distinction to researcher Onesimo Teotónio de Almeida, member of CAPP's External Advisory Board, for the book The Century of Prodigies. In this new book, the author gathers a series of essays on the role played by Portugal and the Portuguese in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, in what later came to be known as the "first globalization". According to the author, in addition to curiosity, the experimental activities that would later become the key to the scientific revolution were decisive in the process. The work had already received the Gulbenkian Foundation Prize from the Portuguese Academy of History and the D. Dinisa Prize from the Casa de Mateus.
Onésimo Teotónio de Almeida is Full Professor at Brown University, EUA, where he was the director of the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. He is an author with vast work published, including essays and hundreds of articles that are now being collected in thematic volumes, such as From Marx to Darwin - distrust of ideologies (2009, Seeds of Science 2010 Award for Social Sciences and Humanities). More recently, he also authored Correntes D’Escritas & Correntes Descritas, a book of interventions in the Encounter of Ibero-American and Portuguese-speaking writers.