Ricardo Magnus Osorio Galvao, head of the National Institute for Space Research and a well known and respected physicist was terminated and accused of lying by the President. CCS has written his former boss and a former astronaut requesting further information on the dismissal of Galvao.
Marcos Cesar Pontes
Ministério da Ciência, Technology, Inovações e Comunicações
Esplanada dos Ministérios
Bloco E, CEP: 70067-900
Brasília, DF, Brazil
Tel.: +55 61 2033-7500
Dear Minister Pontes:
The Committee of Concerned Scientists is an independent organization of scientists, physicians, engineers and scholars devoted to the protection and advancement of human rights and scientific freedom for colleagues all over the world.
We write to express our concern over the dismissal of Ricardo Magnus Osorio Galvão as head of the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). Ricardo Galvão is also a well-known physicist both in Brazil and internationally and his dismissal has profoundly disturbed his colleagues throughout the world.
As an engineer and an astronaut, you certainly must understand how vital it is that scientists have the absolute freedom to pursue their investigations and disclose their findings without interference, so that governments and societies can operate on the basis of scientific truths and realities – whatever they may be. We are very concerned that Ricardo Galvão may have been dismissed for purely political reasons, and we seek from you an explanation of exactly why this has happened.
If indeed Ricardo Galvão was dismissed for the results of his agency’s scientific endeavors, he should be immediately reinstated and allowed to pursue his work without interference or intimidation.
We thank you for your consideration of this important matter and look forward to receiving your response.
Joel L. Lebowitz, Paul H. Plotz, Walter Reich, Eugene M. Chudnovsky, Alexander Greer
Co-Chairs, Committee of Concerned Scientists
First Class Minister Nestor Forster Jr.
Chargé d’Affaires, a.i.
Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC
3006 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel.: +1 (202) 238-2700
Fax: +1 (202) 238-2827