Author: Elizabeth Pennisi

(The Scientist, Vol:5, #3, pg. 10, February 4, 1991) (Copyright, The Scientist, Inc.)

-------- Few people passing through Woods Hole, Mass., can avoid seeing the products of Sam Raymond's entrepreneurship. Looking like oversized volleyballs, his yellow buoys brighten docks behind Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Tourists who visit the WHOI exhibits are awed by images of the Titanic in its graveyard on the ocean floor-- images from the cameras developed by Benthos Inc., Raymond's 27- year-old company based a few miles away in North Falmouth.

A mechanical engineer by training, Raymond started Benthos after having spent three years as the salesman for EG&G Marine Instruments Inc., where he worked closely with WHOI scientists who used EG&G's underwater cameras. At first he was just a consultant; then WHOI asked him to make a device that recorded the depth of a plankton net...

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