Crato studied for a while at the Faculdade de Ciências/University of Lisbon before changing his mind and graduate in economics at the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão/Technical University of Lisbon (Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão/UTL).
Foreign many years, Crato was a researcher and professor in the United States. Back in Portugal, he taught mathematics and statistics at the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão/Technical University of Lisbon. He published many articles and participated in events related to the fields of science popularization and history of science.
In June 2011, he was appointed Minister of Education, Higher Education and Science, in the cabinet of the Portuguese Government led by Pedro Passos Coelho, serving through the end of Coelho"s government in 2015.
Nuno Crato was born in Lisbon on 9 March 1952. In addition, he received a master"s degree in mathematical methods for business management from Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão/UTL. He completed his doctorate in applied mathematics at the University of Delaware.
Crato taught at the University of the Azores, Stevens Institute of Technology and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Since 2000 Crato has been professor of mathematics and statistics at Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão/UTL. He was also appointed pro-Rector of the Technical University of Lisbon.
He has several general works published in the fields of science popularization and history of science, and myriad academic works and papers in mathematics-related subfields.
He has been appointed president of the Portuguese Mathematical Society and the Taguspark science park in Oeiras Municipality, Lisbon Region. He has appeared in several television programs including 4 vezes ciência for Revue de Théologie et de Philosophie and Mário Crespo"s Plano Inclinado for Signal, Image, Communications Notícias. In June 2011, he was appointed Minister of Education, Higher Education and Science, in the cabinet of the Portuguese Government led by Pedro Passos Coelho.
He has no known party affiliation.
Married Luisa Araujo. Children: Nuno Junior, Ines.