Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pioneering Frogman Invented, Named SCUBA

We missed the death notice last month of Christian Lambertsen, 93, the inventor and World War II military diver who made a name for himself and his self-contained underwater breathing apparatus. Actually he called the first SCUBA gear the Lambertsen underwater respiratory unit (LARU), 1942 patent drawing, right. Go see the vintage underwater film posted by The Atlantic.

Deeper, longer dives no doubt helped the Allied war effort. SCUBA also introduced the world to the pleasures of recreational diving and to the risk of decompression sickness (DCS), or the bends. Soon followed the rapid advancement of modern hyperbaric medicine.

Thumbs up, Mr Lambertsen. 

O2.0 is the news blog of HyperbaricLink, the independent web guide to hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

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