HAWKES, Graham

USA (1947- )

Last updated: January 28, 2018 at 18:16 pm

President of Hawkes Ocean Technologies (HOT), inventor; engineer; designed the Deep Rover research submersibles, and the Deep Flight series of winged submersibles; designed the one-atmosphere deep diving suit Wasp in collaboration with OSEL in 1976; designed the one-man submersible Mantis in 1978; designed the first of the Deep Rover submersibles and founded Deep Ocean Engineering (DOE) in 1981 with former wife Sylvia Earle; launched the Challenger submersible, capable of diving to 1,500 m (5,000 feet) in 1982; founded Hawkes Ocean Technologies (HOT) in 1996; launched the first DeepFlight Aviator submersible, the Spirit of Patrick, the first positively buoyant submersible using hydrodynamic forces on its wings to dive, and the first research submersible capable of cruising at 16 kph (10 mph); launched the first DeepFlight Super Falcon in 2008; launched the first DeepFlight Merlin in 2010, which was acquired by Richard Branson and named the Necker Nymph; invented the first robotic machine gun, the Telepresent Rapid Aiming Platform (TRAP).

“It means my calculations were correct.” — Graham Hawkes, after reaching the record solo depth of 1,000 m (3,000 feet) and being asked by a reporter at the surface what the feat meant.

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