A vivid image from mathematician Tiago Pereira da Silva’s childhood is running barefoot down the street, as shoes were considered a luxury, reserved for school. Until he attended university, the furthest he had traveled was to an aunt’s home, 200 km from his own. Today, however, his scientific pursuits have taken him around the globe.
Despite earning a degree in physics from the University of São Paulo, Tiago chose to follow a career in mathematics. He completed his doctorate in nonlinear dynamics at the University of Potsdam, Germany. His post-doctoral journey led him to prestigious institutions such as Imperial College London in England, the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics in Rio de Janeiro, the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and the Helmholtz Center for Mind and Brain Dynamics, also in Germany. In addition to his role as a professor at the State University of São Paulo, Tiago enjoys playing soccer in his leisure time.