Ernst W. Hamburger

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Ernst W. Hamburger
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Ernst W. Hamburger in 2016
Born Ernst Wolfgang Hamburger
(1933-06-08) June 8, 1933 (age 83)
Berlin, Germany
Residence São Paulo, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Alma mater University of São Paulo
Notable awards Kalinga Prize
José Reis Award for the Divulgation of Science
Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit
Spouse Amélia Hamburger
(?–2011; deceased spouse; 5 children, one of them is Cao Hamburger)

Ernst Wolfgang Hamburger is a German-born Brazilian physicist and popularizer of science. Prof. Hamburger is internationally known for his activities regarding public understanding of science. He is the director of Estação Ciência, an interactive science museum in São Paulo. He won the UNESCO Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science[1] and the José Reis Award for the Divulgation of Science, the medal of the Brazilian Order of Scientific Merit, a member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.


Born in Berlin on June 8th, 1933, Hamburger fled from the Nazis with his parents to Brazil when he was still three years old.[2] He studied physics at the University of São Paulo and joined its faculty (Institute of Physics) soon after his graduation, in 1960. He is now a retired full professor of physics. Dr. Hamburger is married to Dr. Amélia I. Hamburger, also a physicist and colleague at the university. They have five children. One of them, Cao Hamburger, is a film and TV director and scriptwriter.


  1. ^ "Kalinga Prize for the Popularization of Science". UNESCO press. January 19, 2001. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Ernst Hamburger: A courageous São Paulo citizen, Pesquisa FAPESP magazine, Jan.2014, Ed.215