Dr. Phil Nuytten ( 1941 - )
Inducted Oct 1, 2009
Recognized internationally as a pioneer of underwater technology
and innovative submersible design, Dr. Phil Nuytten has spent most
of his life carving out a distinctive role designing unique
components and systems applicable to submariners worldwide.
He was involved with experimental deep-diving and development of
mixed gas decompression tables for commercial divers, and wrote
the protocol for a thousand foot saturation dive known as
Deep Work 1000. He is also the Publisher and Senior
Editor of Diver Magazine, the longest established SCUBA
diving magazine in North America.
Among an inventory of submersibles designed and fabricated by
his company Nuytco Research is the Deep Worker 2000
developed in 1997 for service to 2000 feet and has been dubbed an
"underwater sports car". Deep Worker 2000 has been used by
numerous high profile clients including Dr. Sylvia Earle and NASA.
He invented, developed, and patented a rotary joint technology for
use in the revolutionary diving suit called the NEWTSUIT which
provided a fully articulated atmospheric diving suit for depths of
up to 1,000 feet.
Nuytten improved the Newtsuit with subsequent innovations which
resulted in the Exosuit, an ultra light weight, swimming hard
suit which is more flexible and capable of longer dives.
Since 1999, Dr. Nuytten has participated in PSUBS email discussions
offering his expertise and guidance for various technical,
functional, and component issues to organization members.
He has also provided technical papers for our review and
use, as well as directly interacting with members who have questions
about submersibles; and in 2009 he made Nuytco Research equipment
and staff available for exclusive use by PSUBS members at our
annual convention. It is unquestionable that his availability
helps bring legitimacy to our organization and keep our discussions
of safe and reliable home-built underwater vessels on course.
We are indebted to his graciousness and all that he offers as a
pioneer and worldwide leader of underwater technology.
In recognition of significant contributions toward the advancement
of submersible design, fabrication, and operation; the Personal
Submersibles Organization does hereby convey and bestow our highest
honor and award upon Dr. Phil Nuytten.