Posted: Feb 21, 2011 7:32 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Feb 21, 2011 7:32 PM
Source: Associated Press
The man who invented the underwater breathing system and coined the word "Scuba" has died in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. Doctor Christian J. Lambertsen was 93. He earned is undergraduate degree from Rutgers and before enrolling in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, he was working on his breathing apparatus by using parts of anesthesia machines. He developed what became the "self-contained underwater breathing apparatus", or "scuba" that was widely used during World War II special operations. The Navy Seals dubbed him "the Father of U.S. Combat Swimming." He also did research on undersea and environmental physiology. He patented inergen, a fire suppression product now used in commercial buildings that was developed to douse fires in submarines and spacecraft.