Deep-sea explorer Dr Phil Nyutten, who was a Canadian entrepreneur, inventor, and pioneer in the field of sophisticated diving equipment and underwater vehicles, has died aged 81.
Dr Nuytten is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of the modern commercial diving industry and a significant force in the creation of new technology.
He has created equipment and diving techniques for deep-water diving and technical diving for both the commercial, scientific, and military industries.
Nuytten established Nuytco Research Ltd. in 1979, which specializes in the design, engineering, and production of atmospheric diving suits (ADS), including the iconic Newt Suit, which made it possible for divers to operate safely in demanding underwater conditions and extreme depths. He is also the creator of the DeepWorker micro-submersibles used by Sylvia Earle during the Sustainable Seas Expeditions begun in the late '90s.
Other inventions include a military submarine rescue system which has become standard in nearly a dozen of the world’s navies. He also spent more than 25 years working with NASA on projects involving space and underwater technology.
On Canada Day 2016, the office of the Governor General of Canada announced that Phil Nuytten had been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada’s second-highest civilian honour, “For his innovations in deep-sea exploration, which have improved safety and made Canada a leader in underwater development and commerce.”
Visiting Phil Nuytten
In 2006, X-Ray Magazine had the pleasure of paying Dr. Nuytten in his workshop in Northern Vancouver, where he proved to also be a most kind and pleasant host with a great sense of humour.
The resulting interview and profile is posted on the link below.