Azorean Portuguese historian, Maria de Fátima Silva de Sequeira Dias, 54, died on Monday, in Ponta Delgada, Azores. A lecturer, researcher and author, she was a Full Professor in the Department of Management and Economics at the University of the Azores.
She published several books on the History of the Azores and specialized in the history of the Jewish presence on the archipelago, including their influence in the economic development and modernization of the islands.
Born in Ponta Delgada, Sequeira Dias completed her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies at the University of the Azores. Her doctoral dissertation in Economic History (1993), was titled “Uma estratégia de sucesso numa economia periférica. A casa Bensaude e os Açores 1800-1873.” The research work was dedicated to the Bensaude family entrepreneurial activities on the islands in the 19th century, for which she was the recipient of the international prize “Recent Doctoral Research In Economy History Award.”
Author of numerous research papers, Fátima Sequeira Dias did post-graduate studies at the Université Libre de Bruxelles; Faculdade de Ciências HumanasUniversidade Nova de Lisboa; Institut d’ Études Européens – Université Libre de Bruxelles; Economic History Institute, Norwegian School of Economics and Business; and Centre d’Économie Internationale, University of Genebre.
A distinguished scholar, currently Sequeira Dias was doing research work for two books, namely the history of the introduction of electricity power in the Azores and a biography of José de Almeida, the historic leader of Frente de Libertação dos Açores (FLA).