Ed Sobey holds a PhD in oceanography and has taught on three prior Semester at Sea voyages. He has participated in two dozen expeditions including wintering in Antarctica, crossing the Pacific Ocean in a sailboat, and recording whale sounds from ocean kayaks. He is a Fellow of The Explorers Club.
A former naval officer and museum director, Ed launched the National Inventors Hall of Fame and founded the National Toy Hall of Fame. He created Kids Invent! and other creativity-based learning programs.
Today he travels the world training science teachers and lecturing on commercial cruise ships. The Fulbright Commission has awarded Ed two Senior Specialist grants to train science teachers in Indonesia and Arctic Sweden.
Ed has published 33 books, most recently The Field Guide to Ocean Voyaging: Animals, Ships, and Weather at Sea. His other books include several field guides to technology, books on how things work, inventing, backpacking and fitness, and creative activities for teachers and students. Ed created his own television show on inventing that ran for two years and co-hosted another television program on science for Ohio PBS.
An avid SCUBA diver, runner, hiker, and kayaker, he has traveled to about 120 countries, all the continents, and oceans, and many of the seas. Most recently he has dived in the Red Sea, Indonesia, and French Polynesia. He travels with his wife, Barbara, and they have two grown sons and one granddaughter.