Oceanographer and President International Maritime Incorporated
In addition to his undersea work, he has been involved with polar operations since 1955. He has made 25 expeditions to the Arctic, including 3 to the North Pole and 27 to the Antarctic including a 74-day circumnavigation of the continent. His contributions to the US Antarctic Program were recognized in 1974 when a geographic feature, the “Walsh Spur”, was named after him.
While at Texas A&M University he organized and directed its Spacecraft Oceanography Project (SPOC). Working with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, he was one of the first oceanographers to do ocean remote sensing. In this capacity he was a member of the Center’s ‘quick look’ team after the splashdowns in the early Apollo Program.
Don Walsh is president of Oregon based International Maritime Incorporated, a consulting practice that he founded in 1976.