Because sometimes, more than just learning Science goes on in a classroom. You learn something that you will take for life.

This section celebrates the bond that forms between the a pupil and the professor. This sacred bond need not be bidirectional, it musn't even be consensual, but it is there nonetheless. I devote this space to the countless professors that have added so much to my instruction, be it with their patience or their strictness, but always as an inspiration. I cherish the memory of time spent together unravelling the misteries of the Universe, and remember each one of you fondly.

It is not meant to be an exaustive list, nor could I do justice to so many people.

Prof. Carlos Ventura D'Alkaine

Professor D'Alkaine was one of the most inspiring lecturers I've ever had. I've attended to one of his classes during a semester in UFSCar, São Carlos, SP. I didn't got to know the professor all the well, but it was enough to leave an impression. Strict, stern at times, his classes were both amusing and terrrifying to attend. He had just the measure of stress to get us out of our student's complacency.

A Chemistry master, his expertise was extensive and profund but perhaps what really standed out was the the professor was all-in-all, a human being. He pursued life with remarkable passion.

The professor left us in 23/02/2021, around his 80's, after a long and distinguished academic carrier. As I learn this, I find myself saddened that there won't be any more speeches. To him, I'd like to say humbly if I could a dialogue that comes from Star Trek:

"When an old fighter dies... someone always steps forward to take his place."

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