Thursday, August 30, 2007

Today In History: August 30, 1935 ~ Birthdate of oceanographer Sylvia Earle

Dr. Sylvia Earle is an American oceanographer who has done pioneering work in the study of ocean life. During more than fifty underwater expeditions, Dr. Earle has discovered many new marine species and underwater phemonena and set important diving records. She was also among the first underwater explorers to make use of modern self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA) gear. In 1990, Dr. Earle was named the first woman to serve as chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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