(born 2 November
) is an American oceanographer, explorer and marine policy specialist. He and Jacques Piccard
were aboard the bathyscaphe Trieste
when it made a record-breaking descent into the Challenger Deep
, the deepest point in the world's oceans. The depth was measured at 35,813 ft (10,916 m), but later and more accurate measurements have put it at 35,798 ft (10,911 m).
Dr. Walsh has been associated with ocean science, engineering, and marine policy for over 30 years. He became a United States Navy
commissioned officer after graduating from the US Naval Academy
in 1954. He served as an officer in the U.S. Navy and held the rank of captain at the time of his retirement. He spent 15 years at sea, mostly in submarines, and was the commanding officer of a submarine. In addition, he worked in ocean-related research and development for the U.S. Navy. A former Dean of Marine Programs and Professor of Ocean Engineering at the University of Southern California, Dr. Walsh founded and directed the university's Institute for Marine and Coastal Studies. In 1989, his company, International Maritime Incorporated, formed a joint venture with the P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology
to establish an underwater maintenance company, Soyuz Marine Service, which continues to operate in the Russian Federation.
Dr. Walsh has a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy
, a Master's degree in Political Science from San Diego State University
, and a Master's degree and a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography from Texas A&M University
. He was appointed by Presidents Carter
to the U.S. National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere, was a member of the Law of the Sea Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of State
, and served as a member of the Marine Board of the U.S. National Research Council
from 1990 to 1993.
Dr. Walsh was named one of the world's great explorers by Life magazine. On the submersible MIR Submersible, he dove on the Titanic, German battleship Bismarck, and Mid-Atlantic Ridge. He has spent more than five decades traveling the world conducting research in, on, and around the oceans.