Sylvia Earle | Oceanographer

Sylvia Earle | Oceanographer

Name Sylvia Earle
Profession Oceanographer
Date of Birth 1935-08-30
Place of Birth Gibbstown, NJ
Death Date
Birth Sign Virgo

About Sylvia Earle

Award-winning oceanographer and lecturer who became a National Geographic explorer-in-residence in 1998. She is also considered an expert on the impact of oil spills and has been called upon to lead several research teams during various spills.

Early Life of Sylvia Earle

She earned a bachelor of science degree from Florida State University in 1955 and later earned a master of science and doctorate of philosophy degree from Duke University.


In 1998, Time Magazine named her its first Hero for the Planet.

Family Life

She tied the Deep Rover depth record set by Graham Hawkes, whom she was married to from 1986 until 1992. She founded the Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, which her daughter Elizabeth took over. She also had a son named John.

Associated With

In 1970, she led the first team of female aquanauts during the Tektite Project. Sally Ride was the first female astronaut to enter low earth orbit.

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Matthew Fontaine Maury | Oceanographer

Matthew Fontaine Maury | Oceanographer

Name Matthew Fontaine Maury
Profession Oceanographer
Date of Birth 1806-01-14
Place of Birth Virginia
Age 67 yrs
Death Date 1873-02-01
Birth Sign Capricorn

About Matthew Fontaine Maury

Oceanographer who was the first to theorize about the Northwest Passage, a sea route through the Arctic Ocean, along the northern coast of North America. He was the Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory until he resigned and joined the Confederacy at the outbreak of the Civil War.

Early Life Experience of Matthew Fontaine Maury

He joined the United States Navy as a midshipman on board the frigate USS Brandywine in 1825, when he was only 19 years old, and rose the ranks for thirty-five years.

Trivia Info

He was called ‘Scientist of the Sea’ due to the success of his 1855 book The Physical Geography of the Sea, which was the first comprehensive book on oceanography to be published.

Family Life

He had several children, his son was the only one present during his death.

Associated With

He conversed with John Quincy Adams on his research.

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Jacques Cousteau | Oceanographer

Jacques Cousteau | Oceanographer

Name Jacques Cousteau
Profession Oceanographer
Date of Birth 1910-06-11
Place of Birth France
Age 87 yrs
Death Date 1997-06-25
Birth Sign Gemini

About Jacques Cousteau

Oceanographer, explorer, conservationist, and filmmaker best known for his underwater documentary series. He uncovered the wreck of HMHS Britannic in 1976 and his TV series, The Cousteau Odyssey, ran on ABC from 1977 to 1982.

Early Life Experience of Jacques Cousteau

A car accident prevented him from becoming a navy pilot.

Trivia Info

He won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Documentary for his 1956 film The Silent World, which was the only documentary to win the Palme d’Or until Michael Moore won in 2004. 

Family Life and Relationship

He married Simone Melchior on July 12, 1937 and had two sons: Jean-Michel and Philippe.

Close Associates

Ronald Reagan gave him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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