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About Sylvia Earle

Sylvia Earle

Born: 30th August 1935 (age 85 years), Gibbstown, Greenwich Township, New Jersey, United States


Sylvia Earle is an American marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer, author, and lecturer.  


Sylvia Earle has 4 degrees - an associate degree from St. Petersburg Jr. College (1952), a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University  (1955), a Master of Science (1956) and a Doctorate of Phycology (1966) from Duke University.  In1970 she lead the first all female team of 'aquanauts' at the Tektite Project, which was a huge underwater laboratory that allowed scientists to live and study underwater for weeks at time.  In 1990 she became the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and was named by Time Magazine as its first Hero for the Planet in 1998.  


In 2009 Sylvia Earle founded 'Mission Blue' which is an organisation dedicated to understanding and protecting the marine environment worldwide.