James Bellingham graduated with his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT in 1988. He is currently the Chief Technologist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Monterey, California.
Bellingham develops Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVS), which are underwater robots that navigate without requiring the input of an operator. These un-manned vehicles are used to observe the ocean interior. In the process of developing these vehicles, Bellingham has spent considerable time at sea, leading over 20 AUV expeditions in locations such as the Antarctic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, South Pacific, and the Arctic.¬† His latest vehicle, the Tethys Long-Range AUV, is designed to follow and observe aggregations of plankton over periods of many weeks to provide insights to the dynamics of marine microbial communities.
Bellingham is a co-founder of Bluefin Robotics Corporation, a leading manufacturer of AUVs for the military, commercial, and scientific markets.
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