Commodore Matthew C. Perry's Expedition to Japan: His life as a Sailor and Diplomat

Matthew C. Perry

Thursday, August 30, 2012, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Venue: FN 2.206
Admission: RSVP Required
Season: 2012-13

Dr. Matthew C. Perry was born and raised in Bristol, Rhode Island. Dr. Perry was named for Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who was his great, great, great uncle. He has had a lifelong interest in his family history, especially the activities of his ancestor, Commodore Perry, in regard to Japanese/American relations.

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1963 with a major in Wildlife Management and Forestry. After college he attended Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and upon graduation was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Navy and spent many hours cruising off the coast of Vietnam. During this
period his ship made two relaxation trips to Japan. Upon completion of his military assignment, he began a 45-year professional career as a wildlife biologist. For 40 years (1971-2011) he worked at Patuxent Wildlife ResearchCenter in Maryland. His graduate  degrees include a Master of Science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1970 and a PhD at the University of Maryland in 1985. Dr. Perry is retired but continues to work as a Scientist Emeritus at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.

Reservations are required. RSVP by Tuesday, August 28.
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For more information contact:
Monique Wedderburn
[email protected]
972-883-2902


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