This photo was taken in a ca-merino of the Opera House of Cleveland after professor Hawking gave a public lecture. It was the closing event for a Conference on Cosmology held at Case Western University in 2005.
Lawrence Krauss was the host/organizer, and the chair for Case Physics Department at the time. Diver friend of Arnoldo, Lawrence invited him to attend. Somehow Arnoldo found a wealthy individual who donated his private jet to privately fly Professor Hawking and his team to the Conference. This certainly was a high honor to meet him in person.
A well renown theoretical physicist, Lawrence made contributions to the understanding of the nature of dark matter, and for predicting an ever "accelerating" expanding Universe. The evidence (measuring light emitted by different supernovas over cosmic times) of this acceleration was presented on that Cleveland Conference in 2005. Scientists involved in that research obtained the Nobel Price in 2011. Lawrence is also a prolific science writer. His latest work "A Universe from Nothing" certainly created quite a steer.
Lawrence got Open Water certified with Patagon Dive Center in 2003. Arnoldo treasures his friendship since those days.
In 2006 Lawrence Krauss hosted a physics work shop in St Thomas. The title: "Confronting Gravity", one of the most enigmatic forces of the Universe but taken so much for granted in our daily lives.
Many prestigious names attended. Among them were Stephen Hawking, Lawrence Krauss, Alan Guth, Kip Thorne, Lisa Randall, P James Peebles, and Nobel Price Laureates Frank Wilczek, David Gross, and Gerard tHooft.
Patagon Dive Center had the privilege to take a great number of them SCUBA Diving. With pride we can say that our dive boat, "Lady Grace", held more brain power at once than any time any where before!
Also we had the privilege to arrange for Stephen Hawking to have an VIP Atlantis Submarine underwater tour.
In the Photo (from left to right):
Lawrence Krauss, next to him a local physicist (sorry we do not have his name), Graciela, Gerard tHooft, Frank Wilczek, Arnoldo, and David Gross at Antilles School Auditorium where they generously offered a lecture for all the High Schools of St Thomas.
Graciela and Arnoldo chatting with Jean-Michel Cousteau at the Ritz Carlton, St Thomas, during the Opening of his "The Ambassadors of the Environment" program.
This commendable program aims to educate youngsters (who vacation at The Ritz Carlton, St Thomas) on the protection of the Environment through a diversity of interactive activities, both at Sea and on Land.
Patagon Dive Center is proud to be sponsored by The Ambassadors of the Environment when it comes to SCUBA diving.
Arnoldo receiving a personal tour from Dr. Richard Murphy of the facilities of the Ambassados of the Environment, at The Ritz Carlton, St Thomas.
Dr. Murphy, now the director of the program, had a very ilustrious diving career with many years as the chief scientist aboard the Cousteau's research vessel "Calypso".
Arnoldo had the pleasure to host Dr. Murphy on numerous dives around the waters of the Virgin Islands.
Jon exposes the stupidity, the ignorance, and the intolerance that is so often out there with his finest humor. He, most certainly, became an important factor for positive change in our modern society, and a leader for the Cause of Reason. Arnoldo is so proud to have him and his wife Tracy as his regular guests divers.
Dear friend Bob Fishman grew up in St Thomas and is an acomplished diver. Every year we look forward to dive with Bob again during his family visit to St Thomas.
Bob is the Sports Director at CBS and, among others sports events, responsible for the TV coverage of the US Open Tennis in New York.
At the Arthur Ashe stadium's CBS suite, Arnoldo had the great pleasure to have a photo with Bob Fishman and John Mac Enroe.
Johnnie Mac was getting ready for his next comentator job: The match between Federer and Verdazco during the US Open 2012.
As an electronic enginer Bill got involved in a very successful venture for the computer-communications industry. He was able to retired at very early age. SCUBA is one of the many activities he fills his free time with. Bill is always jovial and with almost a permanent smile on his face. Even underwater that smile is present as we see him exiting from a narrow swim thru at "The Strugglers" site.
The Brandeckers Ed and Roberta Brandecker are both physicians and own a Orthopedic practice in Texas. They've got PADI open water certified with Patagon Dive Center in 1999 and became very active divers regular St Thomas visitors ever since. More recently they divide their diving vacations between St Thomas and Belice where they bought property. At Patagon Dive Center we are always looking forward to see them again, even if not as often as in the past.
All the way from Chicago, pilot Thomas Crane flew his family in their own plane down to the Caribbean. They went Island hopping but they took a longer stay in Saint Thomas. Patagon staff had the privilege to work with them for their PADI advanced certification. In the photo, Steven and Tyler, the two sons (they also have a younger daughter) of Thomas and Sally, are relaxing at The Ritz after a morning of diving.
Dave and Bethany, from Phoenix, spent a long week end of diving at The Ritz in Saint Thomas. Dave is a physician and has lots of experience in dry suit cold water diving over the Pacific North West Coast and he wished that Bethany also took up on the sport. The Patagon Staff took them on a bunch of dives and Bethany got PADI certified as well. Bethany is a professional singer.