Vessel, Matthew F. (1912-2007)

Vessel, Matthew F. (1912-2007)

Date Updated



Natural Science

Academic Rank

Associate Dean/Professor

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY, 1940 Ph.D.

Univ. of Minnesota, 1938

St. Cloud Teachers College, 1936 BA

Hibbing Jr. College, 1932

Teaching Experience

San Jose State University, 1940-1979

Science Consultant, Local School Districts

Extension Studies:

Palau, 1981 & 1985

Saipan, 1980 & 1985

San Salvador, 1979

State Comm. on Elementary & Secondary Science, 1961-1964

Science Radio Broadcast, San Mateo Schools, 1946-1949

U.S. National Reserve, 1943-1946

Elementary Teaching 5th‑8th grades, 1936-1938

Fish Studies, Minn. Div. of Fisheries, 1936

Directed Boys Summer Camp, 1934-1936

Boy Scout Leader, 1930-1936

Administrative and Professional Experience

Consultant and Weekly Science Broadcaster for San Mateo Schools, 1946‑1949

Director of Two Elementary Science Institutes for Teachers, 1957, 1958, San Jose State College

Consultant in Science, Santa Clara County Schools, 1961‑1963

Consultant in Science, Lippincott Publishing Co., 1965‑1970

AAAS (Fellow)


Audubon Society

State Committees on Elementary and Secondary School Science

NSTA (Life Member)

American Nature Study Society Fellowship

Outstanding College Citizen, St. Cloud State College, 1936

Selected Publications

Fearon Pub. Co., Co‑Author, Experiences with Living Things 1957‑1970.

Chandler Pub. Co., Co‑Author, Common Native Animals 1961.

Fearon Pub. Co., Five children's books on Pacific Coast, Western Birds, etc.

Addison‑Wesley Pub., Co., Twelve children's books on environmental education.

American Book Co., Co‑Author, Investigations in Science six books.

University of California Press, Co‑Author, Natural History of Vacant Lots 1987.

Personal Commentary

Hobbies are bird watching, wood working and gardening.

Date Completed 9/96

Adapted from: Biographies of Retired Faculty San Jose State University 1997: A Project of the Emeritus Faculty Association of San Jose State University. San Jose, CA: The University, 1997.


Vessel, Matthew F. (1912-2007)