Prof. Marcelo Becker (D.Sc.)
Ribeirão Preto is my hometown. My parents moved to there in the end of 1950s to work at the State University of São Paulo - USP. At that time it was a small town in northeast of São Paulo State surrounded by coffee farms. Since then the city has changed a lot... Today it is a half-million inhabitant city where one may find a very rich cultural and social life, medical expertise centers, universities, and shopping malls. In summer temperature easily reaches 40 Celsius degrees, which invites you to have a cold beer at Pinguim - the most famous beer house in town. Due to the combination of an economy based on agrobusiness, high technology, wealth, and the ever lasting sunny weather some people nicknamed it the Brazilian California.
Pedro II Theater, Pinguim Beer House, and Santa Ursula Shopping Mall.