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Gregorio T. Velasquez

National Scientist (1982), NAST Academician

Expertise: Botany

Dr. Velasquez pioneered in Philippine phycology. He made the first intensive study of the local Myxophyceae or the bluegreen algae and devoted at least 30 years of productive work in the study of Philippine algae from which he received local and international recognition. From laboratory assistant in the Department of Botany, University of the Philippines, he rose from the ranks until he became Professor in Botany in 1958. He was appointed Emeritus Professor when he retired in November 1967. Among his numerous honors are Distinguished Science Medal and Diploma of Honor from the Republic of the Philippines (1956), the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1956-57). He is listed in the Men of Science, Division of Biological Sciences, (1969) World's Who's Who in Sciences (1970) and the Republic of the Philippines Cultural Heritage award (1972).

Affiliation

Prof. of Botany, UP

Association

    • National Science Research Committee, UP, Member
    • Steering Comm. of Biological Science Curriculum Study Committee, Member
    • Alpha Chi Chap, Member
    • Phi Sigma Biological -Society, Founder, adviser, Coun. Rep
    • Phycological Society of the Philippines, Founder, President
    • U. P. Botanical Society, Adviser
    • Phil. Assoc. for the Advancement of Science, Vice-Pres., Chairman, Division of Biological Sciences
    • American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science, Member
    • American Institute of Biological Sciences, Member
    • Phil. Assoc. for the Study of Allergens, Member
    • Rizal Center Fraternity, Member
    • National Research Council of the Philippines, Member
    • Society for the Advancement of Research, Member
    • Phycological Society of America, Member
    • International Assoc. for plant Taxonomists, Member
    • Society for Plant Taxonomists of the Philippines, Member
    • Phil. Fishery Society, Member

Employment

    • Asst. Instructor to Professor, UP, 1925 - present
    • Property Officer, UP, 1928 - 1935
    • Officer in Charge, Dept. of Botany, 1945 - 1951
    • Head, Dept. of Botany, 1951 - 1955
    • Secretary of the Graduate School, UP, 1958
    • Problems of Phil. Algae, NSDB, NIST, FEU, UE, AU, Bur. of Fisheries, Consultant
    • Botanical Survey Team, NSDB, Chairman
    • U. P NSDB Project No.2. 46, Benthic Algae Research of the Philippines, Project director
    • Natural and Applied Science Bulletin, Associate Editor
    • Phil. Journal of Science, Contributing editor

Award

    • Outstanding Educator in the Philippines, Citation in the Phil. Herald's WHO'S WHO IN EDUCATION, 1950
    • Pinakamataas na KARANGALANG ng Calumpit, Bulacan sa pagka dakilang SIYENTIPIKO, Calumpit, Bulacan, 1956
    • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, The Foundation, 1956
    • Voted Outstanding Citizen of Calumpit, Bulacan, Calumpit, Bulacan, 1962

Papers Presented

    • Studies on the marine algae of the Philippines, 8th Pacific Science Congress of the Pacific Science Association
    • The seaweed resources of the Phil. seas , First International Seaweed Symposium, Institute of Seaweed Research, Invaresk, Mislothian, Scotland
    • The ecology of the Philippine Myxophyceae , Eighth Pacific Science Congress of the Pacific Science Association and the Fourth Far-Eastern Prehistory Congress
    • Further study of thermal algae , Eighth Pacific Science Congress of the Pacific Science Association and the Fourth Far-Eastern Prehistory Congress
    • On the state of phycological knowledge in the Philippine, Ninth Pacific Science Congress, Thailand. Abstract of Papers
    • Studies on the marine algae of the Philippines , Eighth Pacific Scienoe Congress of the Pacific Science Association and the Fourth FarEastern Prehistory Congress, Abstracts of Papers

Education

    • UP, B.S, 1925
    • UP, M.S, 1931
    • Univ. of Michigan, M.A, 1937
    • Univ. of Michigan, Ph.D, 1939

Publication

    • Velasquez, G.T., Santos, J.K., (1931 N) The anatomical study on the culm of five Pjil. bamboos
    • Natural and Applied science Bulletin Volume 1/4
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1939) On the viability of algae obtained from the digestive tract of giazard shad
    • American Midland Naturalist Volume 22/2
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1940) Filamentous Myxophyceae of the Phil. I
    • Natural and Applied Science Bulletin Volume 7/3
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1940) A list of filamentous Myxophyceae from Michigan
    • American Midland Naturalist Volume 23/1
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1941 Mr) Filamentous Myxophyceae of the Phil. II. Family Oscillatoriaceae
    • Natural and Applied science Bulletin Volume 8/2
    • Velasquez, G.T., Santos, J.K., (1941 S) Filamentous Myxophyceae of the Phil. III.
    • Natural and Applied Science Bulletin Volume 8/3
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1948) Survey of the algae and economic algal resources of the Phil
    • American Philosophical Society Yearbook
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1950 O-D) Studies of the Myxophyceae of Pueto Galera and vicinity
    • Natural and Applied Science Bulletin Volume 10/4
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1951) Pharmacopocial properties of agar from three Phil. seaweeds
    • Journal of the Phil. Pharmaceutical Association Volume 38/7
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1951 Jl-D) Additional records of the Phil. Myxophyceae
    • Natural and Applied Science Bulletin Volume 11/3-4
    • Cantoria, M., Velasquez, G.T., Valenzuela, P., (1951 O) A botanical study of three Phil. agar-yirlding seaweeds
    • Journal of the Phil. Pharmaceutical Association Volume 38/10
    • Soriano, J.D., Velasquez, G.T., (1951 D) Subaerial Myxophyceae of Manila and vicinity
    • Journal of the Philippine Pharmaceutical Association Volume 38/12
    • Soriano, J.D., Velasquez, G.T., (1952 Ja-Mr) Studies on the Myxophyceae of Manila and vicinity.
    • Natural and Applied Science Bulletin Volume 12/1
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1952 Ap-Je) Thermal algae of the Philippines
    • Natural and Applied Science Bulletin Volume 12/2
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1955 Ap-D) The ecological distribution of the Myxophyceae algae of eastern Palawan and Sulu Archipelago
    • Natural and Applied Science Bulletin Volume 15/2-4
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1955 My) Anomalous growth in coconut palms from the Philippines
    • Turtox News Volume 33/5
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1956 My) The marine biological station of the University of the Philippines
    • Turtox News Volume 34/5
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1956 S-1957 My) Alpha Chi Chapter in retrospect
    • Biologist Volume 39/1-4
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1959 Jl 22) The re-evaluation of teaching biological sciences and the UP
    • Phil. Collegian Volume 14/2
    • Velasquez, G.T., et.al., (1962 Mr) Marine research and training in the Philippine
    • Science Review Volume 3/3
    • Velasquez, G.T., (1962 S ) The blue-green algae of the Philippine
    • Phil. Journal of Science Volume 91/3

Trainings

    • Guidance and counseling, 1955, UP
    • Eighth Pacific Congress, 1953
    • Third Biennial Conference, 1961, UNESCO National Commission
    • UNESCO-sponsored Regional Meeting of Marine Science, 1962