Previous Early Pioneers

The Early Pioneers are those persons whose technologies brought the required elements for the launch of sport diving. Before the rest of us could go deeper than we had ever gone before, there were divers that blazed a trail all the way from land to sea. These are the first of the first and they are the best of the best.

2014 INDUCTEES

Decima MAS

Decima MAS was the world's first underwater combat unit that used scuba equipment and also rode on manned torpedoes.

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2013 INDUCTEES

Paul Bert

Paul Bert

Paul Bert was a pioneer in the field of physiology researching oxygen toxicity and decompression sickness. His classical work, La Pression Barometrique, was published in 1878 and is the foundation of research into diving physiology.

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2012 INDUCTEES

Maurice Fenzy

Maurice Fenzy

Maurice Fenzy developed and manufactured the first production Buoyancy Compensator (BC) which became the standard safety vest design throughout the world.

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Max Gene Nohl

Max Gene Nohl

Max "Gene" Nohl, was a salvage diver, adventurer, and graduate of MIT. In the winter of 1937, this Milwaukee native tested the suit and pioneered a helium/oxygen breathing mixtures in a record breaking 420 ft. dive to the bottom of Lake Michigan.

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Ted Eldred

Ted Eldred

Ted Eldred was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1920 and is a pioneer of scuba diving in Australia having invented Porpoise scuba gear.

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2011 INDUCTEES

Hugh Bradner

Hugh Bradner

Hugh Bradner was born in Nevada, in 1915. He received his doctorate from the California Institute of Technology in 1941 and went on to work with J. Robert Oppenhiemer in The Manhattan Project, developing the first atomic bomb.

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John Scott Haldane

John Scott Haldane

John Scott Haldane was born in 1860 into an affluent Scottish family, Haldane spent his life in the research of respiratory physiology. He became famous for locking himself in sealed chambers breathing lethal cocktails of gasses while recording their effects on his body and mind.

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Louis de Corlieu

Louis de Corlieu

Louis Marie de Corlieu was born in 1888 and at a very young age displayed a great interest in the ocean. He joined the French Navy, studied different themes of propulsion and saw service during World War I.

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2010 INDUCTEES

Benoit Rouquayrol and Auguste Denayrouze

Benoit Rouquayrol and Auguste Denayrouze

Benoit Rouquayrol was born in Espalion, France on June 13,1826. He started his studies in Espalion, then followed on to college in Rodez, and then on to the School of Mines in Saint-Etienne.

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Henry Albert Fleuss

Henry Albert Fleuss

Henry Albert Fleuss was bom in Wiltshire, England in 1851. At the age of sixteen he went to sea, eventually becoming an officer with the P&O Company.

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Louis Boutan

Louis Boutan

Louis Marie Auguste Boutan was born on March 6,1859 in Versailles, France. He studied at Saint-Louis high school and graduated with degrees in literature and science. In 1879 he became an assistant at the University of Science in Paris and was deeply interested in naturalism.

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Yves Le Prieur

Yves Le Prieur

Yves Le Prieur was bom on March 23,1885 and followed his father into the French navy. As an officer he served in Asia and used traditional deep sea diving equipment.

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2009 INDUCTEES

John Ernest And George Williamson

John Ernest And George Williamson

The inductees for this new category of Early Pioneers are George and J. Ernest Williamson. In 1912, they modified an invention of their father's into an underwater viewing sphere for underwater film production.

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