Waldyr Alves Rodrigues Jr.Waldyr Alves Rodrigues, Jr. was born at Araraquara, SP, Brazil on March 14, 1946. He obtained his B.Sc. in Physics in 1968 at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), where he has been a research student of Mário Schenberg (one of the top Brazilian theoretical physicists) and became an Assistant Professor in 1969. He then moved to Torino, Italy where he did post-graduate studies at the Scuola di Perfezionamento in Fisica Nucleare and obtained a degree (equivalent to Ph.D.) in theoretical Nuclear Physics in 1971. Later that year, he returned to Brazil and became an Associate Professor at the new Physics Institute of Campinas State University (UNICAMP).
He worked there with Cesare M. G. Lattes (one of the discoverers of the -meson) on multiple particle production (particularly the so-called centauro events) produced by collisions of very high energy cosmic rays with the atmosphere or with target atoms. During the seventies, he progressively moved his research interests to mathematical physics, and in 1981 he moved to the Institute of Mathematics, Statistics and Scientific Computation (IMECC-UNICAMP). There, he became a Full Professor of Mathematical Physics in 1986, until he retired in 1998; he continued to serve as an invited professor. He was the director of that Institute from 1994–1998, and also served as vice president for the Foundation for Development of UNICAMP from 1998–2000. He is currently Deputy Coordinator of the Clifford Algebras International Research Open Studies, Laboratoire de Mathématiques Emile Picard, Institut de Mathématiques de Toulouse, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France and also a member of the Scientific Council of the Center of Logic, Epistemology and the History of Science (UNICAMP).
Rodrigues is well known for his diverse research interests such as the applications of Clifford algebras, the study of extraordinary solutions of the relativistic wave equations, and the foundations of quantum mechanics and relativity; he has given several lectures on these subjects at international meetings. He advised 12 Ph.D. theses in both mathematics and physics, and is the author of more 135 papers published in leading scientific journals and dozens of chapters of books. More than a hundred of his papers are reviewed in [http://www.ams.org/mathscinet/search/publications.html?pg4=AUCN&s4=RODRIGUES%2C+W*&co4=AND&pg5=TI&s5=&co5=AND&pg6=PC&s6=&co6=AND&pg7=ALLF&s7=&co7=AND&Submit=Search&dr=all&yrop=eq&arg3=&yearRangeFirst=&yearRangeSecond=&pg8=ET&s8=All&review_format=html Mathematics Reviews] and the Zentrallblat für Mathematik. He serves on the editorial board of the journals ''Advances in Applied Clifford Algebras'' and ''Random Operators and Stochastic Equations''. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the International Association of Mathematical Physics, Brazilian Mathematical Society, the Brazilian Society for Applied and Computational Mathematics, the Brazilian Physical Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Lódz Society of Sciences. He won in 1992 and in 1998 the Zeferino Vaz Prize for Academic Achievement in Mathematics. He is author (among others) of the books ''Nonlocality in Quantum Physics'' (with A. A. Grib) and ''The Many Faces of Maxwell, Dirac and Einstein Equations, A Clifford Bundle Approach'' (with E. Capelas de Oliveira). Rodrigues has been a Visiting Scientist at MIT (USA) in 1976/1978 and Visiting Professor at Trento University (1987/1988), Perugia University (1989), and Liverpool University (2001/2002). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Springer-Birkhäuser journal ''Advances in Applied Clifford Algebras'', and member of the ''Russian Academy of Natural Sciences'' (RANS). He is recipient of the Paul Sabatier University gold medal for contribution to mathematical physics. Provided by Wikipedia