Today in Philippine History, September 2, 1901,Gregorio Tiongson Velasquez was born in Calumpit, Bulacan

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On September 2, 1901, Gregorio Tiongson Velasquez, botanist and known as father of Philippine Phycology, was born in Calumpit, Bulacan.

Velasquez, who was conferred the National Scientist in Tropical Phycology award by President Ferdinand Marcos in 1982, pioneered research in phycology or the study of algae in the country.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, major in Botany, from the University of the Philippines in 1925 and 1931, respectively.

He also studied later at the University of Michigan and finished another Master of Science degree (1937), as well as a Ph.D. (1939), major in Phycology, under the supervision of the eminent phycologist William Randolph Taylor.

Velasquez was Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of the Philippines.

For many years, he was chairman for Biological Sciences of the National Research Council of the Philippines.

He was married to Carmen Camacho Velasquez, a fish parasitologist and also a National Scientist.

He died on July 29, 1989 at the age of 87.

Velasquez Street at the campus of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City, was named in honor of the Velasquez couple who resided in one of the older houses located on the same street.

Reference: Philippines News Agency


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