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Joaquim Galdino Pimentel

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Joaquim Galdino Pimentel (1849-1905)

1906 Obituary [1]

JOAQUIM GALDINO PIMENTEL, born on the 22nd April, 1849, received his scientific training and graduated in the Central College of Rio de Janeiro, passing out with the diploma of Civil Engineer in 1872.

Subsequently he gained practical experience in the workshops of the St. Leonard Company, at Liege, and on the Belgian State railways. During his stay in Belgium, he studied astronomy at the Royal Observatory, Brussels, and published his first contribution to astronomical science, a study of star motions, in 1874.

In 1875 he was appointed by the Brazilian Government Engineer of the Sorocabana Railway, and in the following year he accepted the post of Professor of Astronomy or Celestial Mechanics in the Polytechnic School of Rio de Janeiro, at the same time engaging in private practice as a civil engineer. In the latter capacity he designed and erected various buildings in the city, and constructed the Mogyguassu branch of the San Paul0 Railway, the Copacabana street-railway and other works.

He was the author of several works on scientific and technical subjects, and was a member of the principal local scientific societies.

He died at Rio de Janeiro on the 26th October, 1905, aged 56.

Mr. Pimentel was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 5th May, 1874, was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 2nd December, 1884.

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