1922 – Paulo Mendes Campos is born on February 28 in Belo Horizonte, son of the doctor and writer Mário Mendes Campos and Maria José de Lima Campos. He spends his first years in Saúde, now known as Dom Silvério, in the backlands of Minas Gerais State.

1928 – The family returns to Belo Horizonte.

1930 – Begins first grade at Grupo Escolar Barão do Rio Branco in Belo Horizonte.

1938 – Finishes high school at Ginásio de Santo Antônio, in São João del-Rei.

1939 – Studies the first year of the Introductory Course at the School of Dentistry in Belo Horizonte.

1940 – Studies the third year of the Cadets Preparatory School, in Porto Alegre, hoping to become a pilot, though resigns at the end of the year.

1941 – Studies the second year of the Introductory Course, in Belo Horizonte. Meets Hélio Pellegrino, Fernando Sabino and Otto Lara Resende. Writes a lot. Despite studying at the Air Cadets' Preparatory School, as well as at the Schools of Law, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine, Paulo’s only diploma in life was a Typing Certificate.

1942/44 – Publishes his first article (about Raul Leoni’s poetry) in O Diário. Later he was to write for the newspapers Folha de Minas and O Estado de Minas. Befriends Vinicius de Moraes. Meets Augusto Frederico Schmidt, Portinari, Oswald de Andrade, Burle Marx, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Lúcio Cardoso, José Lins do Rego and other leading intellectuals.

1945 – Takes part in the First Congress of Brazilian Writers held in São Paulo. Moves to Rio de Janeiro.

1946/8 – His first job is at the Instituto Nacional do Livro (National Book Institute) organizing a dictionary of literature. In 1947 he works for IAPAS – Instituto Nacional de Aposentadoria e Pensões dos Servidores do Estado (National Institute of Pension Funds and Civil Servants' Retirement Funds) as editor. In the same capacity he works at Correio da Manhã, rubbing shoulders with Graciliano Ramos, Mário Pedrosa, Álvaro Lins, Aurélio Buarque de Holanda. Carlos Drummond de Andrade finds him two part-time jobs, one at the Instituto Nacional do Livro (National Book Institute) and the other at a magazine published by the Câmara de Comércio Chileno-Brasileira (Chilean-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce). He also works for the Diário Carioca and writes for the literary pages of O Jornal.

1949 – Spends several months in Europe.

1951 – Marries Joan Abercrombie, of British descent, with whom he lived for the rest of his life, and with whom he had two children: Gabriela, born in 1952, and Daniel, born in 1953.

To 1977 – He publishes several books. Returns to Europe. Visits Sweden, the Soviet Union, the USA. Writes for Manchete and Cláudia magazines.

1991 – Dies on July 1st.