Inventor of the wetsuit dies at 92

Date: 1/8/2008

Hugh Bradner, renowned physicist and professor died 5 May 2008. Bradner’s scientific career incorporated both science and ocean exploration to design many ocean technologies, including the first neoprene wetsuit. In 1951, while working at UC Berkeley (USA), he decided to spend some ‘weekend time’ improving diving equipment for navy frogmen, this began his pioneering research on the wetsuit. Bradner focused on the design of a wetsuit for military underwater swimmers and developed a foam wetsuit using a unicellular material known as neoprene.

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