Year Inducted: 2001
R. Curtis Crooke
R. Curtis Crooke led the technical development of CUSS 1 the first floating drilling rig with automated pipe handling, riser tensioners, and a stabilized traveling block. It set records for coring off the Galapagos Islands in the early 1960’s. Crooke helped develop the DPDS Glomar Challenger used for the Deep Sea Drilling Project. Cores recovered from 4,300 feet to 23,000 feet of water improved our understanding of plate tectonics. He was also a key figure in the top secret Jennifer Project, using the DPDS Glomar Explorer. Originally advertised as a venture to recover manganese nodules from the ocean floor, it actually recovered a Russian submarine from 16,000 feet of water off Hawaii.