My Biography in Brief
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My name is
Manoel Carlos de Figueiredo Ferraz Parolari.
I was born in São Paulo, the capital of the Brazilian State São Paulo, on November 19, 1946.
I am Brazilian, but I have the Italian citizenship as well.
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Life prepared me to be a man of science, and required me in an absolutely peremptory manner to be so.
My life has been quite different of the life of other people I know. This does make me neither proud nor sad.
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I was only five when I began to scribble letters and numbers on the cement floor of our house, using pieces of broken ceramic as writing instruments. My mom, a clever woman and a schoolteacher, understood that time had come to teach me to read. She bought a spelling book and began teaching me to read. I learned easily and so fast that she became quite keen on it. One thing she did not know was that, to me, to be able to read meant to be able to read my Donald Duck strips without having to implore one of those ever-busy adults around me. Within short time I was able to read my comic strips.
My parents tried to enroll me at primary school when I was six. They were told that I should be seven years old. I would be seven only in November. To me, that was great. I spent a whole year reading Donald Duck strips without anybody bothering me. When I was seven, I entered Externato Vieira de Morais, in the São Paulo Brooklin neighborhood.
Dona Zilá was my first teacher.. Now I would have my first humility training. While it had become quite easy for me to read block letters, I did not know anything of those handwritten letters the teacher wrote on the blackboard. She did that to show me very clearly that I was as much an analphabet as my mates. That upset me to the highest level. Whereas I could read, writing was something completely new to me. That situation went on till the second semester of the second year. The second year teacher left the school. Helena was the new teacher. Although she kept on denying, this young lady was one of my mother´s cousins. Neither my teacher nor my parents would ever admit any consanguinity.
Obviously, their attitude was well-meant and in favor of discipline during classes. Occasionally though, Helena would, remorsefully perhaps, treat me with extraordinary endearment. This made me feel special. And I was special, after all.
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I had fallen madly in love with teacher Helena. To please her, I asked my mom to teach me the multiplication tables. I had a good memory and learned with ease. After all, I had a reason to learn. I had what nowadays is called strong motivation.
I had my mother ask me multiplication table question at random. She would insistently respond that I knew them all, but I was not ever satisfied. For my third school year I was enrolled at Escola Santa Terezinha, on Rua Piauí, Higienópolis, much closer to home.
Here, my teacher was Maria Thereza Leme. My teacher was an intelligent young lady. She promised a prize to the best at multiplication tables. No need to tell the result. I still have “Contos do mar”, my first prize received at school.
The prize granted to the multiplication table champ.
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When I attended the preparatory course to the secondary school admission exam, my father took the text book and had me do all the arithmetic exercised the book suggested. He would explain the model, and I would answer all the questions.
At the time I entered secondary school I had an enviable base of mathematics: I knew all basic operations by heart, so I was able to solve all types of arithmetic problems.
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One day I was introduced to Fernando José Leite Colletti, an excellent teacher. He would soon recognize my potential. We became good friends. Invariably, Fernando´s exams used to be comprised of four or five very easy questions, four questions of intermediate difficulty, and a very difficulty one, specially tailored for me.
Even so, I always hit the best scores. Early that year he gave me a book by Carlos Galante, suggesting I should do the problems contained therein, besides those of the text book by Oswaldo Sangiorgi.
That was when my star began to shine.
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In 1961, I was awarded the Marina Cintra Prize, a medal bearing number 391, for I had been the best 1960 secondary cycle pupil at Ginásio Teresiano. .........................................................................................
In 1962, I was awarded the Marina Cintra Prize, a medal bearing number 508, for having been the best 1961 secondary cycle pupil at Ginásio Teresiano. .........................................................................................
Life offered me exceptional conditions, both for my theoretical studies and practical work. .........................................................................................
When I was nine, I discovered the physics book Daddy had used at high-school. My father was First Assistant to the Descriptive Anatomy and Topography Chair of Faculdade de Medicina de Pinheiros (USP). In those days as well, lecturers were facing great financial difficulties. They had no money to buy toys, and my Mom used to say that intelligent kids build their toys themselves. If Mom said so, it must be true.
A physics book is a real gold mine. The Physica book is full with detailed descriptions of the devices used to explain the laws of physics and associated phenomena.
I was nine years old when I started to learn physics. Without being aware of it, I began studying physics by the best method in the world: experimenting!
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Uncle Luciano, Mom´s brother, gave me a chemistry book by Valente do Couto when I was eleven. Those days would not be an easy period in my life. My mother discovered a cancerous node in a breast and had to undergo mastectomy. All our relatives thought that I was going to lose my mom. I remember that I used to spent my time at the IBECC (Instituto Brasileiro de Ciência e Cultura) on the fourth floor of the Faculty of Medicine. It had links with UNESCO and was presided by Professor Isaias Raw, one of the most distinguished scientists in Brazil.
As I had helped assemble high-school level experiment kits at the IBECC, Professor Isaias granted a fair discount as payment for my work when my father bought me one. At eleven I began studying chemistry by the best method in the world: experimenting!
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While I was at high school I began studying radio with the help of uncle Eduardo, a famous São Paulo physician and crazy about electronics.
He had started playing around with electricity at early age and felt time had come for me to build my first crystal set. This is how I became amateur radio PY2-CFF back in 1977.
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At that time I already had a fairly good knowledge of physics, and I began to study nuclear physics, reading "La vie et la transmutation des atomes" by Jean Thibaut, and “Nuclear Engineering” by Raymond Murray. In order to acquire some practical knowledge as well, I used to build my own rockets that would reach altitudes of several tens of meters. The best part of rocket building was blending fuel, a twin brother of explosives. My chemical knowledge helped a lot. Never did I hurt myself, nor did I ever blow up anything. Any error I might make would have resulted into prohibition, so I must be very careful. .........................................................................................
In March, 1963, I was at Colégio São Luis. I was a brilliant student and was awarded the Excellence Prize and elected Best Pupil of the Year during the three consecutive years. During the third year, I receivced the Prêmio São Luis for having been the school´s best pupil. On April 15, 1963, I was sixteen then, I passed the medical exam to be a private pilot. In 1964, Aeroclube de São Paulo accepted me as member 1717, and I began to fly.
In 1965 I attended a radio and television class at Instituto Monitor; registration card number RTB 77.444.
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In January 1966 I passed the admission exam to the ITA (Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica) and studied mechanical engineering. In February 1971, I received a letter from Professor Francisco A Lacaz Netto, Dean of ITA, inviting me to receive the "Prêmio Rhodosá", a prize awarded to the best third- year student of the mechanical engineering course. .........................................................................................
After graduating in 1970, I could not find a job to work as mechanical project engineer in Brazil. The gate to emigration stood wide open, and I could have found a job at any university in the world. But I am Brazilian, and I passionately love my country. To live outside Brazil has always been something I would not like to do.
I had always had the intention do study toward a Master´s degree in Electronics, and a Doctor’s degree in Solid State Physics and dedicate myself to Modern Physics.
As that did not come out, I started farming to make a living and raise my children.
But, "You can take the boy out of the country, but you can´t take the country out of the boy". Whenever I could find time to study, I would study in a near to compulsory manner.
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As I had been away from academic life for many years, I was eager to know whether I had progressed or whether all I had studied had been mere dilettantism. Upon Professor Doctor Gilberto Orivaldo Chierice´s invitation, I began to meet with Grupo de Química Analítica e Tecnologia de Polímeros do Instituto de Química de São Carlos USP, throughout 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 in the quality of Visiting Researcher Nr. USP-1-2-000356.
I participated in the group´s research work, with emphasis on valuation of the mechanical characteristics of castor oil glues, resins, foams, etc. I have acquired Professor Gilberto´s respect, friendship and admiration, and I consider this man one of Brazil´s major scientists.
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It was quite a surprise when, in 1999, the New York Academy of Science invited me to become a member. I accepted of course, and I am proud to say that I am member Nr. 00492950 of that institution.
The surprise was not least when the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE invited me to become member Nr. 11851163 in 2000.
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Recently, also to my great surprise, The American Chemical Society , a very exclusive congregation, offered me pre-approved membership. .........................................................................................
Such acknowledgement is not a mere coincidence. Back in 1995, I applied for the US registration of my book "Hypergeometry" the geometry of space in more than three dimensions. The US has granted me the Copyright of "the entire text describing a mathematical theory of Hypergeometry." The American scientific community has an eye on me. .........................................................................................
By mere coincidence to meet Professor Doctor Cláudio Zaki Dib during a stay in Ubatuba, back in 1998. Dr. Cláudio is a physicist, and a lecturer of Nuclear Physics at Instituto de Física da USP in São Paulo.
We have become good friends, and whenever we meet we spend long hours discussing physics. Once I asked him if he thought me to be a mountebank. Of course not, he said, quizzically. I do not know the physics you are talking about, he said, but we are definitely speaking the same language. I told him about my intention to publish my work in scientific papers. Encouraged, obliged I should say, by him and by Prof. Gilberto, I wrote an article in which I claim that Universe is expanding in an increasingly rapid manner . This article, dated June 29, 1998, was registered at Cartório de Títulos e Documentos de São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo, in early July of that year. Although Prof. Gilberto is very well known by all the publishers of scientific papers in Brazil, it has never been possible to publish my article.
Ironically, and to my great satisfaction, the January 1999 edition of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN published a report comprised of three articles saying that scientists working at the VLT (Very Large Telescope) in Chili have evidenced that Universe is expanding in an increasingly rapid manner.
Today, this is absolutely accepted by the scientific community. It is a fact. A fact that cannot be denied. In my article, I anticipate this result and suggest that the astronomers should check it, and I explain why.
I had a telephone conversations with Ronaldo Rogério de Freitas Mourão, our most famous and internationally accredited astronomer, highly competent in the fields of astronomy, astrophysics and physics. I asked Mr. Mourão whether he would like to be awarded the Nobel Prize.
I explained him in a few words what it was all about, but he took it as a bad joke.
I am very sorry that we have had no further contact, and I believe it is my fault if I have not been able to convince him sufficiently.
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The article says the contrary of what was then accepted by the scientific community, and therefore no one would publish it. Today it is no longer a scientific novelty, and no one is interested in it anymore. I encountered the same difficulties with a series of articled I proposed to international papers. I understand that the lack of inter-group communication with the academic world and the fact that I have no academic title, turn publication of my articles quite embarrassing. .........................................................................................
Now, this is why I have built this site: to publish articles that I believe to be extremely relevant for the development of Science and, more specifically, for the progress of Physics. .........................................................................................
Downcast by my frustrated publication attempts, I sent a letter to Professor Landi Sobral. He is a man with premonitory powers; he is able to foresee the future and can predict someone´s destiny. To my surprise, as soon as he had read my letter, Prof. Landi spent money on a long-distance call from Camboriú, Santa Catarina, to inland São Paulo, instead of collecting for the consultation. He said I should not discourage and that I have "revolutionary knowledge of physics and that I will become one of the most important physicists of humankind." He must be remembering this conversation.
I intend to publish here all my articles in Portuguese, English and French.
Only my book will be printed.
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I shall write this with much caution, for the subject is very sensible knowledge.Those who know me cognize that I do not gauge myself any better than my fellow-creatures because of my knowledge. Deep inside, I believe I do not possess any knowledge whatsoever. Knowledge is the heritage of mankind, and it is my mission to contribute with important information.
In "La condition humaine", André Malraux says any man dreams of being a god. I do not gauge myself more important than anyone else, but I do not dream of being a god. As a matter of fact, we are all equally important. Important is the discovery arrived at by mankind, through a process in which I have merely been an instrument taken haphazardly, like the result of a lottery.
It is my wish to be looked upon as a man who loves his country, his language and his people.
When I was very young, I worked as a volunteer for the OAF (Organização para o Auxílio Fraterno) , a brotherhood giving assist to street dwellers when nights are cold in São Paulo. I have always been able to perceive, in the eyes of these poor people, the shine of their desire to be a god. Did you know that there are beggars in São Paulo who are paupers by choice? They used to be intellectuals, businessmen, people who have achieved success in life, and who prefer to dwell on the street. I know the warm-heartedness of my people, the hospitality of my land without strangers where there will always be enough space for me to live without freezing to death and where food does not lack. Why not with the paupers?

Anything further I shall have will be mere liberality and generosity of life, not deservingness.
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Therefore I wish to have direct contact with scientists throughout the World. What is written shall come true. .

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