Welcome to my personal web site.
I am a historian of science working at the Department for the History and Philosophy of Science and the Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT), at the University of Lisbon

Here you'll find some information on my researchpapers, books and other topics.

Recent speaking engagements

19 December 2018

«As academias cientificas dos colégios dos jesuítas: O ensino experimental das ciências em Campolide e Sao Fiel (1858–1910)». Seminários CLEPUL. Faculdade de Letras. Lisboa.  This seminar was recorded and is now freely available here.

22 May 2018

«The Inquisition and the Censorship of Science in Early Modern Portugal». Catholicism and Science. DePaul University. Chicago. More information here.

19 May 2018

«Putting the Indexes into Practice: A Bibliographical Analysis of Prohibited Books». The Inquisition and the Censorship of Science in Early Modern Europe. Scientiae 2018. University of Minnesota. Minneapolis. More information here.

13 December 2017

«Censoring Medicine and Natural Philosophy in Early Modern Portugal». Censoring Scientific Books in Early Modern Europe. Burns Library. Boston College. Boston, MA. More information here.

29 November 2017

«For the Greater Credibility: Jesuit Science and Education in Modern Portugal (1858–2002)».Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies. Boston College. Boston, MA. More information here.

14 November 2017

«The Tridentine Rules and the Censorship of Scientific Books in Early Modern Europe». Workshop on Pre-Modern Sciences and Religions. Harvard Divinity School. Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. More information here.


25 July 2017

«The Portuguese Inquisition and the Censorship of Scientific Books in the Sixteenth-Century». 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, Rio de Janeiro. More information here.

27 April 2017

«Os jesuítas e o ensino da física em Portugal (1858-1910)». Seminários ISEL. Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa, Lisboa. More information here.


March 2020


Annals of Science has just published online a Special Issue on The Inquisition and the Censorship of Science in Early Modern Europe.

This issue comprises six research articles, an introduction and a final commentary.

The printed issue will be available soon.

6 August 2018

16 September 2019

Jesuits and the Book of Nature FMR 2019.

Jesuits and the Book of Nature: Science and Education in Modern Portugal offers an account of the Jesuits’ contributions to science and education after the restoration of the Society of Jesus in Portugal in 1858.


In this book, I argue that the priority the Jesuits placed on the teaching and practice of science was not only a way of continuing a centennial tradition but should also be seen as response to the adverse anticlerical milieu in which the restoration of the Society of Jesus took place.


15 October 2018


This is an illustrated history of the Portuguese Jesuits after the 1759 expulsion by the Marquis of Pombal. The book includes about 260 unknown photographs of Jesuit colleges in nineteenth and twentieth-century Portugal.

Aura Miguel conducted an interview at Rádio Renascença (in Portuguese).


August—October 2018

Captura de ecrã 2018-10-08, às 12.02.05.
Captura de ecrã 2018-09-03, às 13.31.13.

In 2018 I published two short articles in Público, one of the main newspapers in Portugal.

The first article focused on the life and work of António de Oliveira Pinto, S.J., the first Portuguese to work with Madame Curie.

The second article delved into the Inquisition and the censorship of science in early modern Portugal.

The articles were compiled in A redondeza da Terra e outras histórias da ciência e da cartografia (Lisbon: Gradiva, 2019).

The book can be ordered here.


The publication of these articles was funded by the ERC project Medea-Chart

Francisco Malta Romeiras



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