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.
Birthdate: 02 September 1901 Died: 16 October 1994