Dr. Graciano P. Yumul, Jr., a multi-awarded researcher, teacher, and administrator, earned his BS degree in Geology from UP as a scholar of the Bureau of Mines. He earned his masterís and doctoral degrees in Geology majoring in Igneous Petrology at the University of Tokyo. He also took postdoctoral studies as a Fellow at the University of Bretagne Occidentale in France.
Since his graduation from UPD in 1980, he served the government and is currently the DOST Undersecretary for Research and Development. After graduate studies abroad, he returned to the Philippines and joined the faculty of UP where he has served in various administrative posts, including the Associate Dean for Administration of the UP College of Science, and the Director of the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences.
He is well-known for his exemplary research in geosciences and mineral resources. In 1993, he was named Outstanding Young Scientist in Geology by NAST. He was also the recipient of UPD Chancellorís Awards for Outstanding Researcher, Outstanding Teacher, and Outstanding Administrator. Moreover, he received the Philippine Jayceeís Outstanding Young Filipino Award in Science and Technology. In 1997, NRCP recognized him for his illustrious contributions with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Earth and Space Sciences.
As an educator, he considers his students not as potential competitors but rather as future colleagues, and laments the fact that some teachers withhold information from their students to maintain power. He was recognized as an outstanding educator both by the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences and the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. in 2001. Dr. Graciano P. Yumul, Jr. tells the youth that they must prepare to become S&T workers in a borderless ASEAN community.