Monument to Gomes Teixeira - São Cosmado

Francisco Gomes Teixeira was born in St. Cosmado the January 28, 1851.

Initially attended the seminar by indication of their parents but came to give up because he felt that his vocation wouldn`t be this. He attended the School of Lamego and in 1874, had concluded Mathematics at the University of Coimbra with a final grade of 20 points (awarded for the first time). The following year he received his doctorate with the same score and in 1876 he entered the university`s staff as a substitute teacher.

In 1880 he was appointed Professor and moved to the Polytechnic of Porto where he was admitted as a full professor in the descriptive geometry chair. Until 1911 Gomes Teixeira was director of the Polytechnic, the year in which it became the Faculty of Sciences. That same year he was appointed rector (the first) of the University of Porto.

He died in Porto on February 8, 1933 and was buried in a granite mausoleum inside the Mother Church of Saint Cosmado, his homeland.

Who visit St. Cosmado easily notice a bronze bust which is in the square near the Mother Church. It is a replica of the bust that is in the University of Coimbra.

Francisco Gomes Teixeira was a brilliant man at the time, member or partner of several prominent national and foreign scientific associations. It was widely reported around the world many of the scientific studies left.



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