Hugh Bradner, renowned physicist and inventor of the wetsuit dies at 92

Wednesday, 21 May 2008
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Hugh Bradner - Wetsuit Inventor Just read the news that Hugh Bradner, renowned physicist and professor emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, died 5 May 2008, in San Diego, CA after a prolonged illness.

His scientific career mixed both science and ocean exploration to develop several ocean technologies including the first neoprene wetsuit.

In 1951, while working at UC Berkeley, he decided to spend some 'weekend time' improving diving equipment for navy frogmen, which began his pioneering research on the wetsuit. Bradner focused on the design of a wetsuit for military underwater swimmers and developed a foam wetsuit using a unicellular material known as neoprene.

Bradner was well regarded for his collaborative approach to science, evident in his reluctance to claim himself as sole inventor of the wetsuit. He continued to consult for the military throughout his scientific career. His other research endeavours led to novel diving equipment, including underwater contact lenses, a single-hose regulator and a decompression meter. Bradner even developed a loop system for quickly extracting U.S. Navy SEALs from the water via inflatable boats.

Hugh Bradner was 92 years old.

More info: sciencecentric.com
Photo Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Hugh Bradner - Wetsuit Inventor Just read the news that Hugh Bradner, renowned physicist and professor emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, died 5 May 2008, in San Diego, CA after a prolonged illness.

His scientific career mixed both science and ocean exploration to develop several ocean technologies including the first neoprene wetsuit.

In 1951, while working at UC Berkeley, he decided to spend some 'weekend time' improving diving equipment for navy frogmen, which began his pioneering research on the wetsuit. Bradner focused on the design of a wetsuit for military underwater swimmers and developed a foam wetsuit using a unicellular material known as neoprene.

Bradner was well regarded for his collaborative approach to science, evident in his reluctance to claim himself as sole inventor of the wetsuit. He continued to consult for the military throughout his scientific career. His other research endeavours led to novel diving equipment, including underwater contact lenses, a single-hose regulator and a decompression meter. Bradner even developed a loop system for quickly extracting U.S. Navy SEALs from the water via inflatable boats.

Hugh Bradner was 92 years old.

More info: sciencecentric.com
Photo Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
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