Reading .mat files

There are more .MAT file readers than well working numerical libraries.
Scipy's io library seemsto be maintained  -
A neuroscience package that is supposed to be helpful in studying adata in many formats -
CVXOPT, another numerical python project has its own parser -
ANSI C MAT-file reader claims to deal with version <= v7.3 -

Finally, the official documentation of the MAT file is here