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José Eduardo Dias Costa

Born in Lisbon on 26th March 1894 he was the son of Francisco Felisberto Dias Costa, a Royal Counsellor. In 1904 he entered the third grade of Lisbon Military School and completed his education there in 1909. He enlisted in the 2nd Hunters Battalion on 26th July 1909 and was promoted to cadet sergeant on 7th August at the tender age of 15. That year he went to the former Polytechnic School where he took the engineering preparatory course. In 1912 he transferred to the Higher Technical Institute from which he graduated in industrial chemical engineering in 1915 and was awarded the highest average mark ever granted by that establishment and in that subject. While still a student he was an assistant lecturer at the Institute. He had a number of industrial, commercial and fishing business interests which he ended in 1928 and returned to lecturing at the Institute. His name first appears as an Official Patent and Trademarks Agent in the 2nd Industrial Property Bulletin of 1930, dated 26th March. In 1932 he was appointed Head of the Higher Education and Fine Arts Department. He was awarded the Order of Industrial Merit and the silver military medal for Exemplary Behaviour.

  • Notes on rational analysis of clay 1915;
  • Exports of Resinous Products, 1918;
  • The Resin Industry, 1923;
  • Fresh Fish Trading (thesis approved at the 1st National Fish and Preserves Conference, 1927);
  • The title of engineer, its legal interpretation and social meaning, 1928;
  • The Brazilian moratorium and the National Economy, 1932;
  • A New Brazilian Default, 1937.