Dr. John P. Craven

PhD 1951 in Mechanics and Hydraulics

Photo of Dr. John CravenPrior to his death in 2015, Dr. John Craven had more than 50 years of experience in the innovation, development, design, construction, and operational deployment of major oceanic systems and technology worldwide. With a Ph.D. from The University of Iowa, he served as a troubleshooting scientist/technologist with the United States Navy (USN) and had at-sea experience with minesweeping and the development of the submarines Albacore, Nautilus, and Sea Wolf. He received two distinguished Civilian Service Awards from the USN in connection with these developments.

Dr. Craven served as chief scientist of the Navy Special Projects Office for the development of the Polaris Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine System. In the aftermath of the loss of the submarine Thresher he was chosen to be the project manager of the USN Deep Submergence Program. He was responsible for the direction and management of the USN Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle, the NR-1 nuclear powered research submersible, Sea Labs II and III, the initial suite of intelligence submarines, and the USN Large Object Salvage System.

Upon completion of these assignments he turned his attention to civilian applications of ocean technology and came to Hawaii as dean of marine programs at the University of Hawaii and marine affairs coordinator of the State of Hawaii. In the latter capacity he was instrumental in the establishment of the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii (NELHA), the initiation of Mini-OTEC, and the development and initial operation of the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory. As an attorney, Dr. Craven was also managing director of the International Law of the Sea Institute. In 1991 he founded the Common Heritage Corporation and currently is chief science advisor.

Dr. Craven's most recent undertaking was to link up islands in the Pacific Ocean with sustainable energy, agriculture and fresh water through the use of deep ocean water pumped up via pipes from offshore (Wired Magazine, 13.06). He also was developing a new and innovative cold water therapy which could produce significant health breakthroughs and slow the aging process.

Inducted June 7, 2002


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