RUTKOWSKI, Dick

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RUTKOWSKI, Dick

USA (1930- )

Last updated: August 7, 2017 at 18:27 pm

Founder and President of Hyperbarics International (1985); aquanaut; developed the first nitrox recreational diving program; graduated from the Divers Training Academy for scientific government underwater operations in 1965; worked with Dr. Morgan Wells to institute diving procedures for use of oxygen enriched air diving (NITROX) for scientific research diving; co-founded Dive, Inc. with Ed Brown to service oil rigs; participated in scientific missions in Hydrolab to become a NOAA aquanaut; involved with undersea habitats from 1970 to 1985; directed by AOML/NOAA to obtain a recompression chamber to serve South Florida, Central and South America; helped Grand Cayman establish and train personnel for their chamber facility; director of Medical and Physiological Aspects of Recompression Therapy program in 1975; Co-Director of the NOAA Physicians Diving Medical (1975-2008); started the first dive training at the NASA Johnson Space Center for support divers (1980-85); started the first Booster Recovery diver training program at NASA Kennedy Space Center in 1985; started the first EPA diving training; diving safety board, and Oxygen Enriched Air (NITROX) training (1980-2003); Hyperbarics International introduced Oxygen Enriched Air (NITROX) to the recreational diving community in 1985; formed IAND (International Association of Nitrox Divers), which in 1991 became IANTD (International Association of Nitrox and Technical Divers) in 1986; author of multiple publications; Rutkowski Glacier in Antarctica (85º11’S, 166º21’E ) named in his honour; served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War; began diving in 1952.

Honours and Awards:

DEMA Hall of Fame (2012)
Dr. Joe Bauer Memorial Award (History of Diving Museum, 2012)
UHMS AWard (2011)
NOAA Public Service Award (1976)
Explorers Club Fellow

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Jeffrey Gallant is the Editor-in-Chief and Records Keeper of the Diving Almanac. He is also a contributing editor of DIVER Magazine, and the scientific director of the Greenland Shark and Elasmobranch Education and Research Group (GEERG). Jeffrey started diving in 1982.

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