Beebe, Charles William (1877–1962)
American naturalist and explorer. Curator of Ornithology
(1899–1919) at the New York Zoological Gardens and Director of Tropical
Research (1919–52) at the New York Zoological Society. He led explorations
in Central and South America, the West Indies, and the Orient. He also made
undersea descents of 1,000 m (3,300 ft) in his invention, the bathysphere.
His numerous books include Galapagos (1923) and Beneath Tropic