Graham Hawkes is a deep thinker.
Honored worldwide for his breakthrough solutions for deep sea access, Mr. Hawkes has designed and built more than 60 manned submersibles and more than 350 Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) for scientific, military, industrial and recreational use.
His underwater vehicles include atmospheric diving suits and ROVs which dominated the offshore oil industry in the 1970s, and the DeepRover submersible series used for science and exploration – most recently by filmmaker James Cameron in the IMAX film Aliens of the Deep.
His breakthrough DeepFlight series has revolutionized deep sea access by creating safe, lightweight manned submersibles that use hydrodynamic force to propel them down. His winged DeepFlight Challenger, originally commissioned by the late adventurer Steve Fossett, is currently the only submersible in the world capable of diving to 36,000 feet.
A legend in marine design and engineering, Mr. Hawkes currently holds the world record for the deepest solo dive (3,000 feet), which he achieved while test piloting his Deep Rover submersible.