Pioneers of diving- Christian Lambertsen. Christian Lambertsen was author of shortcut SCUBA (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus underwater).
He graduated in 1944, studied medicine in Philadelphia, he served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, which he continued until 1946.
In 1939., Designed the first respirator Lambertsen Amphibious Respirator Unit - LARU. Unfortunately, his invention did not find understanding. After the U.S. Navy shows a lack of interest, it has demonstrated in the swimming pool of one of Washington hotels, the staff of the Office of Strategic Services. Incredible success-the secret tests unnoticed Americans stormed to their base in Guantanamo and blew up an unused barracks, and disappeared into the waters of the Bay of Pigs.
Office of Strategic Services purchased Lambertsen invention and hired to guide further work on the development of diving equipment. In this way he became one of the key figures forming a branch of the U.S. military divers in combat during World War II.
In the 50s and 60s he worked on the development of diving medicine. Constructed another breathing apparatus, Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus - SCUBA, who, like LARU allowed to move freely underwater. In 1972 he was awarded the title of professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1976 a professor of veterinary medicine.
Awarded a huge amount of money by the institutions and organizations involved in the development of diving technology (Undersea Medical Society Award '70, Marine Technology Society - Award of Ocean Science and Engineering '72, Underwater Society of America Award of Science '73), medical (Aerospace Medical Association Award '70) and even spacecraft (NASA Commendation '69).
In 50 years of scientific career he worked on the development of technology, diving and hyperbaric medicine. He was the creator of many inventions and holds several patents, applicable technological solutions diving equipment.
Christian J. Lambertsen died at the age of 93 years. It is not as well known as Jacques Cousteau and Hans Hass and his influence on the shape and development of the dive was huge.
The history of diving inscribed in gold letters - SCUBA