A ciência brasileira perdeu uma estrela, o brilhante Professor Luiz Carlos de Lima Silveira. O mestre que sempre mereceu o tratamento vocativo de Professor. Ele sempre será O PROFESSOR LUIZ CARLOS porque era impossível separar a pessoa do professor. Aqui uma biografia escrita por Dora Fix Ventura:
“Luiz Carlos de Lima Silveira, Professor emeritus at the Federal University of Pará (UFPA), Belém, Brazil, died in São Paulo, Brazil, on June 10, 2016 after a long illness.
Luiz Carlos de Lima Silveira received his MD from the Federal University of Pará, in Belém and his graduate degrees in the Biophysics Institute of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) – MSc in 1980, PhD in 1985 under Eduardo Osvaldo Cruz. A major interest was comparative neurobiology of the visual system of higher mammals..These electrophysiological experiments were complemented by a postdoctoral period at Oxford University with Alan Cowey and Hugh Perry working on the primate retina.
After returning to Brazil in 1988 he developed a neuroscience lab in Belém, Pará, his home town. He left a thriving group of former students focused on morphological and electrophysiological investigation of the parallel pathways of the visual system of New World primates and of rodent Amazonian species. He developed strong collaborations with vision scientists around the world, especially with Barry Lee, Jan Kremers and Barbara Finlay. Later he founded a second laboratory dedicated to work on the impact of exposure to neurotoxic agents, and of neurodegenerative genetic or metabolic diseases, on human vision, an area in which he worked in close collaboration with Dora Fix Ventura.
In recognition Luiz Carlos de Lima Silveira was elected member of the Brazilian Academy of Science and received from Brazil´s president the title of Commander of the National Order of Scientific Merit. He also was honored with the title of Emeritus Professor at UFPA and received the Neuroscience Brazil Medal from the Brazilian Society of Neuroscience.
Luiz Carlos left his wife Regina and two children from his first marriage. Students and colleagues in Brazil, and his many friends throughout the world, will miss his bright presence, the vivid discussions about politics and science, his humor and wit.”