|Born||Frederick Otis Barton, Jr.
June 5, 1899
New York, U.S.
|Died||April 15, 1992(aged 92)|
|Occupation||Deep-sea diver, inventor, actor|
Early life and career
Born in New York, the independently wealthy Barton designed the first bathysphere and made a dive with William Beebe off Bermuda in June 1930. They set the first record for deep-sea diving by descending 600 feet. In 1934 they set another record at 3028 feet. Barton acted in the 1938 Hollywood movie, Titans of the Deep.
In 1949, he set a new world record with a 4,500 foot (1,372 m) dive in the Pacific Ocean, using his benthoscope (from the Greek benthos, meaning 'sea bottom', and scopein, 'to view'), which was designed by Barton and Maurice Nelles.
Barton wrote the book "The World Beneath the Sea," published in 1953. Like Beebe, Barton was also interested in exploring tropical rain forests, and spent considerable time in places like Gabon. In 1978 Barton successfully tested a "jungle spaceship" (actually an airship) that was intended to film wildlife.
- "Deep Dip". Time. 1949-08-29. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
- "Harvard University Obituary and Death Notice Collection - 104". 2011-01-18. Retrieved 2011-12-27.
- Brad Matsen. "Descent - The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss", Pantheon Books, (2005).
- Otis Barton, "Adventure on land and under the sea", Longmans, London, (1954).
- Biography of Otis Barton on the website of the MIT School of Engineering
- "Three Hundred Fathoms Beneath The Sea", October 1930, Popular Mechanics
- Otis Barton at the Internet Movie Database