I have been fortunate to come of age in a prosperous period for the Brazilian academic system and learn from inspiring people such as Olival Freire Jr (my master and doctoral adviser) and Alexei Kojevnikov (co-adviser of my doctoral work). I have also learned a lot from colleagues and students at the Federal University of Western Bahia, where I held my first academic position (2015-2020). I hope to pay forward with solid scholarship and service.

Current Appointment

Assistant professor - Institute of Physics - Federal University of Bahia (UFBA)

Professional experience

  • Associate Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at UFOB, March 2018 - August 2020.

  • Dean of Faculty of the Multidisciplinary Center of Barra, UFOB, May 2017 - March 2019.

  • Assistant Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at Federal University of Western Bahia (UFOB), at Multidisciplinary Center of Barra, Ba, Brazil, March 2015 - March 2018.

  • Visiting Researcher, Department of History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, CA, September 2013 to June 2014.


Ph.D. in History of Science, Nov. 2015 – UFBA

MA in History of Science, Oct. 2011 – UFBA.

BSc (Physics), Jun 2010 – UFBA.

Professional associations

Member of the Commission for the History of Physics of the DHST (2021-2025)

History of Science Society (HSS)

American Physical Society

Sociedade Brasileira de Historia das Ciências e Tecnologia (SBHC)

Sociedade Brasileira de Física (SBF)

Associação Brasileira de Pesquisadores Negros

Selected publications:

SILVA NETO, C. P., “Instrumentation and the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics.” In The Oxford Handbook of the History of Quantum Interpretations, edited by Olival Freire Jr., Guido Bacciagaluppi, Olivier Darrigol, Thiago Hartz, Christian Joas, Alexei Kojevnikov, and Osvaldo Pessoa Junior. Oxford University Press, forthcoming (Jan 2022).

SILVA NETO, C. P.; and KOJEVNIKOV, A. “Convergence in Cold War Physics: Coinventing the Maser in the Postwar Soviet Union.” Berichte Zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 42, no. 4 ( 2019): 375–99.

SILVA NETO, C. P.; FREIRE JUNIOR, O. Um Presente de Apolo: lasers, história e aplicações. Revista Brasileira de Ensino de Física (Online), v. 39, p. 1502, 2017.

SILVA NETO, C. P.. The Cold War and Western Perspectives on Soviet Science. REVISTA BRASILEIRA DE HISTÓRIA DA CIÊNCIA, v. 9, p. 164-175, 2016.

SILVA NETO, C. P. Red Descendants of Apollo: The Making of Soviet Laser Physics, PhD Dissertation, UFBA, 2015.

SILVA NETO, C. P., FREIRE JUNIOR, O. Herch Moysés Nussenzveig e a ótica quântica: consolidando disciplinas através de escolas de verão e livros-texto. Revista Brasileira de Ensino de Física. v.35, p.2601, 2013.


Fellowship of the Center for History of Science of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, 2019.

Prize of best dissertation in History of Science of the Brazilian Society of History of Science, 2016.

Grant-in-Aid, American Institute of Physics, 2014.

CAPES Science Without Borders (study abroad) Fellowship, 2013-2014.

CAPES Dissertation Fellowship, 2011-2015.

Language skills

Portuguese - Proficient user (C2)

English - Proficient user (C1)

Russian - Independent user (B1)

Spanish - Independent user (B1)

Swedish - basic user (A2)

Based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).