Carmen Velasquez

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Carmen Velasquez

Carmen Camacho Velasquez (August 7, 1913-October 16, 1994) is a National Scientist in the Philippines known for her pioneer studies of tropical fish parasitology in the Philippines.


Career and Contributions

Dr. Velasquez discovered 32 species and one genus of digenetic trematodes in 13 families from Philippine food fishes; two from birds and three from mammals; three species and a genus of Monogenea from marine fishes, eight life cycles of Digenea in seven families and three of nematodes from fresh water and marine fishes. In addition, she found Capillaria philippinensis inside the intestine of a Filipino man, which was the first of its kind in the entire world. She also published "Digenetic Trematodes of Philippine Fishes," which became a valuable regional reference to fish parasitology and aquaculture management.

Dr. Velasquez is recipient to numerous academic honors and Presidential awards. She is listed in the American Men and Women of Science, International Scholars Directory, International Who's Who of Intellectuals and World Who's Who of Women. In 1983 she was conferred as a National Scientist by Former President Ferdinand Marcos.


  • BS (Zoology) - University of the Philippines, 1934
  • MS (Zoology) - University of Michigan, 1937
  • Ph.D. (Parasitology) - University of the Philippines, 1957


  • Gorgonio, Luis (1998). The Filipino Scientists. Loacan Publishing House.
  • National Academy of Science and Technology (2000). National Scientists of the Philippines (1978-1998). Anvil Publishing, Inc.

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