BEHNKE, Albert R., Ph.D., Capt.

USA (1903-1992)

Last updated: March 8, 2017 at 21:57 pm

Physician and Captain in the U.S. Navy; navy hard hat diver; led to the creation of the U.S. Naval Medical Research Institute; conducted research on diving, decompression and diving physiology; differentiated the signs of Arterial Gas Embolism (AGE) from those of decompression sickness (DCS); recommended use of oxygen during recompression; was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for saving the life of a diver who surfaced too quickly off Monterey; sat on the first NAUI Board of Advisors; taught diving medicine at the first NAUI Instructor Candidate Course in 1960; co-founder of the Undersea Medical Society (Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society) in 1967; coined the term “oxygen window” in 1967; inaugural (1969) recipient of the Behnke Award given each year by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, to a scientist for outstanding scientific contributions to advances in undersea biomedical activity.

Honours and Awards:

NOGI Award (Science, 1969)
Behnke Award (1969) | Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society


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