National Scientist Mercedes B. Concepcion, University Professor Emeritus of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines, has been a Commissioner, Commission on Population since 1970. She is a trustee of the Philippine Center for Population and Development and Foundation for Adolescent Development.
A 1951 graduate of Chemistry from the University of the Philippines, Dr. Concepcion trained in Biostatistics at the School of Hygiene and Public health, University of Sydney in 1953-54 as a Colombo Plan scholar. Later on, she obtained a PhD in Sociology from the University of Chicago with the support of the Population council of New York.Returned to the Philippines in 1960, she first worked at the Statistical Training Center. In 1964, the Ford Foundation supported the establishment of a Population Institute at the University of the Philippines and Dr. Concepcion served as its first director, a post she held until 1985.
Dr. Concepcion was recently awarded the United Nations Population Award in recognition of her outstanding work in population and in improving the health and welfare of individuals.
She was elected Academician of the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Philippines in 1992.
Birthdate: 10 June 1928
- B.Sc. (Chemistry) - University of the Philippines 1951
- Certificate in Statistics - University of Sydney, Australia 1954
- Ph.D. (Sociology) - University of Chicago, USA 1963