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Dr. Robert Yonover

Dr. Robert Yonover is a Ph.D. geochemist/volcanologist with a history of innovative scientific contributions, technologies and patents. His Ph.D. work includes multiple ALVIN submersible dives to two miles deep off the Galapagos Islands to retrieve submarine lava samples, with laboratory work performed at NASA Johnson Space Center and MIT.

A North Shore big wave surfer and Molokai Channel rough-water fisherman, Dr. Yonover uses the ocean as his laboratory. He has invented a multitude of survival technologies that were awarded U.S. Military/DARPA funding and U.S. Patents, including:

  • The military-approved SeeRescue® Streamer

  • Pocket Floatation technology

  • Portable Emergency DeSalinator

  • Video Search and Rescue (vSAR) technology

  • Inflatable Rescue Board

  • .Water Bicycle with Reciprocating Fin.

  • The Inflatable Paddleboards used worldwide.


Dr. Yonover’s media credits include appearances on CNN, PBS, Discovery Channel, and ABC Shark Tank. He is the author of Hardcore Inventing, Caregiver’s Survival Guide, Hardcore Health, and Brainstorm Islands. Dr. Yonover is very active in outreach education and is driven to preserve the creative/innovative spirit of people of all ages.

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