Tribute to Professor Gaspar Barreira

This post is published on behalf of Jorge Gomes, leader of LIP’s Distributed Computing and Digital Infrastructures group.


Gaspar Barreira, one of the founders of the Portuguese Laboratory of Instrumentation and Experimental Particle Physics (LIP), passed away on 1 June 2019.

He was a strong advocate of distributed computing and international scientific collaboration. During the European Grid Initiative Design Study (2007-2009) he was chair of the EGI_DS Policy Board the body that joined the representatives of the national grid initiatives prior to the creation of the EGI Council. He was e-IRG delegate, coordinator of the Portuguese National Grid Initiative and promoter of IBERGRID the Iberian Grid Infrastructure that joins Portugal and Spain.

Gaspar Barreira was born in Braga in 1940 and studied physics and mathematics in the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He participated in the accession of Portugal to CERN, and in 1986 together with Mariano Gago he created LIP to which he devoted much of his immense energy. He made decisive contributes to establish LIP as a reference research laboratory not only in physics but also in instrumentation, computing and technology. He was Portuguese representative at the CERN council and in several other international research organizations.

Both before and after the revolution of April 25th 1974, he worked as few in the construction of a Portugal where knowledge, freedom and rationality were decisive. In 2006 he received the order of Infante D. Henrique for his contribute to the internationalization of Portuguese research. He departed, but leaves us an immense legacy of vision, endurance and resilience.