Robert G. Williscroft, PhD
Dr. Robert G. Williscroft served 23 years in the U.S. Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). He commenced his service as an enlisted nuclear Submarine Sonar Technician, was selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program, and graduated from University of Washington in Marine Physics and Meteorology. He returned to nuclear submarines as the Navy’s first Poseidon Weapons Officer. Subsequently, he served as Navigator, and as Diving & Salvage and Saturation Diving Officer on both catamaran mother vessels for the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle, and then as Officer in Charge of the Navy Saturation Diving School, and of the Test Operations Group out of San Diego, conducting deep-ocean surveillance and data acquisition.
In NOAA Dr. Williscroft directed diving operations throughout the Pacific and Atlantic. NOAA published his Doctoral dissertation, A Method for Protecting Scuba Divers from the Hazards of Contaminated Water, and distributed it around the world to interested ports and diving activities. He is a certified diving instructor for the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) and the Multinational Diving Educators Association (MDEA), and has taught over 3,000 individuals both basic and advanced SCUBA diving. He authored three diving books, developed the first NAUI drysuit course, developed advanced curricula for mixed gas and other specialized diving modes, and developed and taught a NAUI course on the Math and Physics of Advanced Diving. He also served three shipboard years in the high Arctic conducting baseline studies, and thirteen months at the geographic South Pole in charge of National Science Foundation atmospheric projects.
After retiring in 1985, Dr. Williscroft served as CEO of the largest editorial service in the United States, and founded a publishing company. He sold the publishing firm to serve as Chief Staff Officer for a consortium of five marine industry related firms in San Diego. In 1994 he moved to Philadelphia, and focused on writing, real estate, and the stock market. In 1997, he joined Morgan Stanley as a Series 7 stockbroker. Since 1999 Dr. Williscroft has been independent. He is the author of the recently published popular book on current events: The Chicken Little Agenda – Debunking Experts’ Lies, and the Starman Jones Series, delightful space adventure stories for young children that teach them the principles of Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, and other esoteric scientific concepts. Dr. Frank Drake, Director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe wrote the introduction for the first volume, The Relativity Birthday Present, to be published later this year.
Dr. Williscroft lives in the Los Angeles area. He is divorced and has one son who lives in Chicago. He received his B.Sc. in Oceanography and Meteorology from University of Washington in 1969, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Engineering from California Coast University in 1981 and 1983, respectively.