In a statement released today, Graça Fonseca says that its impact on Portuguese historiography and culture “is invaluable” and describes Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão as “an exemplary historian, a man of culture and a teacher who marked and influenced those who learned from him” .
Historian Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão, 95, died Friday night in a home in Santarém, his son Vítor Serrão told Lusa news agency today.
“My father, who had been ill for several years, was an eminent historian, educator, researcher and academic who left a monumental work, such as Editorial Verbo's History of Portugal, which contributed to renewing historiography in Portugal and training many young people researchers, ”said Vítor Serrão.
Graça Fonseca added that the historian left “a vast bibliography”, highlighting his “History of Portugal”, which he classified as a “panoramic and reference work, both for historians and for those who want to know the history” of the country.
The minister also referred that Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão's work “reflects the diverse interests” of his research and recalls the importance of “works dedicated to the History of Portugal from the 15th to the 18th centuries and the History of Brazil from the 16th and 17th centuries”.
The statement also recalls that the historian was president of the Portuguese Academy of History, between 1975 and 2006, and that he projected “nationally and internationally the reputation and the important work of this institution”.
Offering condolences to the historian's family and friends, the Ministry of Culture recalls the historian's award-winning path, which received the Alexandre Herculano (1954) and D. João II (1965) awards, in addition to the Prince of Asturias Award in Social Sciences in 1995.
“He was also distinguished with the Cultural Merit medal, enhancing this distinction of Portuguese culture with his name and his work”, concluded Graça Fonseca.
Joaquim Veríssimo Serrão was born in Tremês, in Ribatejo, on July 8, 1925, and has two children, Vítor and Adriana, both professors at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon.
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