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 Alfred Scott McLaren
Captain U.S. Navy (Ret.) Ph.D.



Motivation, Leadership, Management, Extreme Undersea Sports, Polar Regions and Deep Sea Exploration, Global Climate Change,  Naval History, and Submarine Warfare


Director and Senior Pilot, Sub Aviator Systems LLC (


Director, Institute of Nautical Archaeology Texas A&M


President Emeritus, The Explorers Club


Former Publisher of Science News 


Former Director of Westinghouse Science Talent Search and International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)


Former Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder and Adjunct Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University.


Author of Unknown Waters, A First-Hand Account of the  Historic Under-Ice Survey of the Siberian  Continental Shelf,

by USS Queenfish (SSN-651)
Published by University of Alabama Press (2008), 243 pp.
Reviewed in New York Times on 18 March 2008.




Alfred Scott McLaren
Captain U.S. Navy (Ret.) Ph.D.

Lectures, Topics and Engagements,

Captain McLaren's most significant and recent lectures are listed below: For a complete list of lecture engagements and topics please visit the Lectures page...


2009  "A Life in the Deep Sea, An Overview of my Arctic Expeditions; and dives using Russian MIR submersibles to:  RMS Titanic, the German Battleship Bismarck, and Mid-Atlantic Ridge Hydrothermal Vents" for the MOTE Marine Laboratory's  Special Lectures Series, Sarasota, Florida.

2009& "The Physical Geography of Greenland," The Physical Oceanography and Marine Life of Baffin Bay," and "The Evolution of the Arctic Submarine," as the featured lecturer for an Explorers Club Travelers Program "Greenland and the High Arctic" Cruise.   

2009 "The Early Peoples of the Black Sea Area,"  " The Evolution and Physical Oceanography of the Black Sea, and " Exciting New Propects for Marine Archaeology in the Black Sea" as study leader and featured lecturer for an American Museum of Natural History cruise of the Black Sea. 

2009  and 2008 "Return to RMS Titanic - 1999 and 2003"  for the Hillsboro Inlet Sailing Club  and also for The Fort Lauderdale Yacht Club, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

2009  "A Cold War Nuclear Attack Submarine Commander's Story" for the Winternight Club, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Distinguished Lecturers Series.

2009  "The Historic First Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN-651)," for the  Navy League, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and also for the Naval Undersea Museum's Distinguished Lecturers Series,  Keyport, Washington.

2008 and 2007  "The Impact of the Norwegian Vikings on the British Isles," The Early Habitation of the British Isles," Origins of the Scottish Clans, and "Scapa Flow, Valhalla of the German High Seas Fleet, 1919" given as study leader and featured lecturer on  American Museum of Natural History Cruises of the British Isles. 

2008 "Unknown Waters, A First-Hand Account of the Historic Under-Ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf" for Fort Lauderdale, Florida's Annual Literary Week.

2008   "A Former Nuclear Submarine Commander's Story" for The Submarine Force Library and Museum, Groton, Connecticut,

2008 "The Historic First Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish (SSN-651)," for The Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University, England and also for The Swedish Polar Society and The Swedish Travelers Club, Stockholm, Sweden.

2007 "Triump and Tragey, The First Manned Dives to the German Battleship Bismarck - 2001 and 2002," MOTE Marine Laboratory's "Monday at MOTE" Lecture series.

2006 "A Forner Nuclear Submarine Commander's Story," for the Peterhouse Society, Peterhouse, Cambridge University, England. 

2004  "The Leadership and Managemednt Lessons from being a Nuclear Submarine Commander" for the Australian Institute of Management.   


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