Graduate in Geology, University Säo Paulo, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy in science, University Säo Paulo, 1967. Doctorate (honorary), University d'Aix-Marseille, France, 1997.
With National Institute of Agricultural Research, 1967—1968. Associate professor University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France, 1984—1985, University d'Aix-Marseille, France, 1990. Titular professor, department of science, School of Agriculture University São Paulo, Brazil, 1994—1998, vice rector Brazil, 1998—2001, rector Brazil, 2001—2005.
Member administrative board International Association Universities (International Astronomical Union), 2004—2008.
Member of Academy d'Agriculture, France (foreign), Brazilian Academy of Science, Academy of Science of State of São Paulo.
Married; 2 children.