KARKABI, Sami

Lebanon (1931-2017)

Last updated: June 22, 2017 at 20:37 pm

Pioneer of cave diving in Lebanon; university professor and published scientist; co-founder of Spéléo Club du Liban (1952), one of the oldest caving associations in the Middle East; explored the Jeïta Grotto in 1966; was a staunch conservationist of the Jeïta grotto and other sites; Editor of the al-Ouat’Ouate caving magazine from 1954 et 1999; commissioned French composer François Bayle to write music for Jeïta’s opening (Jeïta ou Murmure des eaux, 1970). Instruments included synthesizers and stalactites used for percussions.

Honours and Awards:

Honorary member of the Spéléo Club de Paris

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