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BEEBE, (Charles) William [1877-1962] -- American naturalist, explorer, writer, Curator of Ornithology, N.Y. Zoölogical Society

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Curator of Ornithology, N.Y. Zoölogical Society (from 1899)

In 1934 he descended to a record depth of 3028 feet off Bermuda in a deep-water bathysphere with its inventor, Otis Barton. He ascribed the basic idea of a spherical deep-sea vessel to a conversation with Col. (later POTUS) Theodore Roosevelt, ¤ who sketched it on a napkin.

Surprisingly, Beebe had a mistrust of things mechanical and disliked even driving a car.

A prolific writer, he wrote many popular books about his adventures, many on behalf of the New York Zoological Park, a/k/a Bronx Zoo. He also wrote several articles for the National Geographic Society.

He was twice married, first to Mary Blair Rice, ¤ second to Helen Ricker ¤ -- both writers of note.  -30-
 

Chronology

1899
Curator of Ornithology, N.Y. Zoölogical Society
1925/04/09
He uses a homemade diving helmet
1934/08/15
Historic dive to 3028 feet in Bathysphere

Selected Works

  • A Monograph of the Pheasants (4 vols. 1918-1922)
  • Bookmarks (off-site links)

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