Christian Augustus Siebe
Bust of Siebe, in the Science Museum's Blythe House store. It bears the inscription "A Siebe CE".
|Died||15 April 1872|
At home (5, Denmark Street)
|Resting place||West Norwood Cemetery|
|Nationality||British (from 1856)|
|Known for||Innovations in diving apparatus|
In the 1830s the Deane brothers asked Siebe to make a variation of their smoke helmet design for underwater use. Later they turned to him to produce more helmets for diving operations. Expanding on improvements already made by another engineer, George Edwards, Siebe produced his own design; a helmet fitted to a full length watertight canvas diving suit. The real success of the equipment was a valve in the helmet.
Colonel Charles Pasley, leader of the Royal Navy team that used Siebe's suit on the wreck of HMS Royal George suggested the helmet should be detachable from the corset, giving rise to the typical standard diving dress which revolutionised underwater civil engineering, underwater salvage, commercial diving and naval diving.
Besides his contributions to diving he also invented: