BRADNER, Hugh, Ph.D.
Last updated: March 13, 2017 at 21:05 pm
Developer of the neoprene wetsuit in 1950; did first dive in a neoprene wetsuit in the winter of 1950 at Lake Tahoe; began commercial production of wetsuits with his company (Engineering Development Company | EDCO) in 1952; became a UC Berkeley physics professor in 1946 where he studied the loss of body heat and thermal protection underwater; joined the Scripps Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics as a geophysicist in 1961; developed high explosives and detonators for the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos.
Honours and Awards:
Early Pioneer (International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, 2011)
Miami University Medal (1960)
Sc.D. (Honorary) (Miami University, 1961)
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