Throughout the ages, people have looked across the sea and wondered at its mysteries. During the last few centuries, a few have stood out amongst the rest and advanced our knowledge of the oceans that surround us. These are the famous oceanographers and scientists who have braved the elements and pushed forward in the face of danger. They are the Ocean Explorers. Click here for a list of credits and sources.
British navigator and captain in the Royal Navy who charted New Zealand and Australia's Great Barrier Reef on his ship, Endeavour, and provided the first accurate map of the Pacific Ocean.
American astronomer, historian, oceanographer, meteorologist, and cartographer who published the first book about oceanography and is considered the father of modern oceanography.
English naturalist who sailed around the world cataloging and studying new animal and plant species, author of the revolutionary theories of natural selection and evolution.
Norwegian explorer, oceanographer, diplomat, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who made the first crossing of the Greenland interior and extensively explored the North Polar seas.
Swedish oceanographer who developed theories to explain the dynamics of ocean currents, and inventor of several scientific instruments for oceanography which are still in use today.
American naturalist, ornithologist, marine biologist, entomologist, explorer, author, and first scientist to descend into the deep abyss, observing undersea life that had never before seen.
American naval officer, aviator, and fearless explorer, one of the first explorers to explore the North Pole by air, explorer of Antarctica, and the first person to reach the South Pole by air.
French naval officer, oceanographer, researcher, scientist, conservationist, filmmaker, and undersea explorer, documentary host, and creator of the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.
Swiss oceanographer and engineer, inventor and developer of underwater vehicles for studying ocean currents, one of the first persons to explore the deepest part of the ocean.
American oceanographer, explorer, geologist and underwater archaeologist, first person to discover the famous wreck of the RMS Titanic, noted for his work in underwater archaeology.
American oceanographer, explorer, aquanaut, and author, former chief scientist of NOAA, set a record for the deepest dive without a tether during her famous underwater walk in the JIM suit.
Canadian film director, film producer, screenwriter, and deep-sea explorer, director of the film Titanic, and first person to make a solo dive to the deepest part of the ocean in the Mariana Trench.