AN eminent American oceanic explorer and researcher, Dr Sylvia Earle, is due in Port Elizabeth next week to deliver a public lecture and receive an honorary doctorate from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Earle has led more than 100 expeditions and logged more than 7000 hours underwater. She famously led the first team of women aquanauts during the Tektite Project of 1970 into the Pacific’s fearsome Marianas Trench.
She did her most recent saturation dive, working for long periods under water, in July last year at the age of 76. She holds the record for solo diving at a depth of 1000m.
She has been the recipient of more than 100 national and international honours, including the 2011 Royal Geographical Society gold medal, Holland’s Order of the Golden Ark, the International Seakeepers’ Award and awards from the International Women’s Forum and the Academy of Achievement.
Referred to as “Her Deepness” by The New Yorker and New York Times, she is a former chief scientist of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and founder of Mission Blue and SEAlliance, and ocean chair of the advisory council for Google Earth.
She has a PhD from Duke University in North Carolina and 22 honorary degrees. She has authored more than 190 scientific, technical and popular publications, and lectured in more than 80 countries.
Earle will deliver her lecture on Tuesday evening in council chambers, on NMMU’s south campus. The scheduled start is 5pm for 5.30pm.
Entrance is free but seating is limited. RSVP Kelly at Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (041) 504-4737.