Name

William Beebe

Career

Science

Occupation 1

Oceanographer

Occupation 2

Naturalist

Identifier

NY Zoological Society

Region

NA/Mid-Atlantic region

Era

Maritime Nation To 1950 (1921-1950)

Born

1877

Died

1962

Source

ANB

Text

Naturalist, oceanographer, and zoological society executive.

Beebe gave some attention to the fish and coral reefs in the waters around Haiti in 1927.

The well-publicized helmet diving done by Beebe to study fish and other marine species commenced in the Galapagos in 1925, but sustained work in the waters off Bermuda and nearby islands was not begun until 1928. A spherical diving device known as the bathysphere, financed and developed by Otis Barton, was used to make some thirty descents, the deepest being one of 3,028 feet off Nonsuch Island in 1934. This record was not exceeded for fifteen years. Later Beebe undertook more oceanographic work off the coast of Baja California in 1936 and the Pacific coast of Central America in 1937 and 1938.

Related Images

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Date: 1925
Image Id: 462
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Image Id: 1287
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Beebe and Otis with their bathysphere (1930)
Image Id: 1413

Related People

Carson, Rachel
Barton, Otis

Related Vessels

Bathysphere

Related Events

1932 - Beebe and Barton establish deep ocean depth record

Related Source

Google Book: Remarkable Life of William Beebe: Explorer and Naturalist
Google Book: Universe Below, The: Discovering the Secrets of the Deep Sea

Related Institutions

New York Zoological Society,

Record ID: 412