Graham Hawkes

Engineer, Inventor and

Developer of Manned Underwater Vehicles.

Founder of Precision Remotes, Inc. and

Hawkes Ocean Technologies (Hot)


Graham Hawkes - Engineer & Inventor

Graham Hawkes, an internationally renowned ocean engineer/inventor, has been responsible for the design of a significant percentage of all manned (and more than 300 remote) underwater vehicles built for research or industry worldwide, including the Wasp and Mantis Atmospheric Diving Suits, the Deep Rover research submersibles, and the experimental Deep Flight series of winged submersibles. Mr. Hawkes plans to take the next generation sub, Deep Flight II, to the deepest point on the planet—The Mariana Trench, which lies at 37,000 feet beneath the ocean's surface. Mr. Hawkes currently holds the world record for the deepest solo ocean dive (3000 feet), which he achieved while test piloting his Deep Rover submersible.

Mr. Hawkes has successfully founded and managed five high technology companies, including, most recently, Precision Remotes, Inc., which manufactures remote (land-based) systems for the military and Hawkes Ocean Technologies (HOT), which designs and manufactures state of the art manned submersibles. HOT's current projects include: The Deep Flight Aviator, a new two person underwater flight trainer for economical, long-range exploration; and the Spider Optic Vehicle, a highly advanced, new genre of Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) being developed for NASA.

In the early 1990’s, Mr. Hawkes co-founded with Dr. Sylvia Earle Deep Ocean Engineering (DOE), which manufactures a significant portion of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) now in use for military and civilian purposes worldwide. In the 1980’s, Mr. Hawkes designed and DOE manufactures Sensory Manipulator Systems used by the U.S. Navy, NASA and AT&T for various industrial underwater vehicles. In 1989, Mr. Hawkes founded Deep Sea Discoveries (DSD), a commercial marine archeology company which located over 350 shipwrecks.

In the late 1970’s, Mr. Hawkes co-founded Offshore Systems Engineering (OSEL) in England, where he designed and managed the manufacturing of the atmospheric diving systems, the Wasp and Mantis. Previously, Mr. Hawkes refined the design of the atmospheric diving system, the JIM suit, for operation in depths of 2,000 feet. Prior to that, Mr. Hawkes was an engineer at Plessey Underwater Weapons Unit (UK), and before that, he was an Engineer at the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

Graham Hawkes is widely considered to the leader in his field. In 1987, Mr. Hawkes was named an Associate Laureate for the Rolex Award for Enterprise and in 1996 and 1997, he was nominated for Engineer of the Year by Design News. In 1997, Mr. Hawkes received Design News’ Special Achievement Award. In 1998, he was a finalist in the Discover Awards for Innovation, and in 2000, Mr. Hawkes received the Computerworld Smithsonian Award (Science Category) which recognizes individuals and organizations who have demonstrated vision and leadership as they use information technology to benefit society.