Member since: November 15, 2011
Lloyd Godson was born and raised in Albury, Australia, and has lived, worked and studied in Antarctica, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, New Zealand, Panama and the United States. The marine scientist and aquanaut (Lloyd has lived a total of 624 hours underwater) is bubbling over with a sense of adventure and exciting ideas. Creative, passionate and enthusiastic, he loves to live his wild ideas and put them to the test in the real world.
In April 2007, Lloyd successfully completed The BioSUB Project for which he received the coveted Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year award. In this crazy scientific experiment, he lived for 12 days in the world's first underwater habitat incorporating a plant-based life support system. Thousands of people worldwide followed his progress over the Internet. The funding for his BioSUB experiment was provided through a AUD 50,000 sponsorship prize he won in the Australian Geographic ‘Live Your Dream’ Wildest Adventure Competition. The international media covered Lloyd’s experiment extensively, with stories appearing on Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet science programme and the front page of The Daily Telegraph newspaper in the United Kingdom. Lloyd went on to receive the Powerhouse Museum Wizard of the Year highly commendable award and was a 2008 Albury Citizen of the Year nominee. The BioSUB is now on display at the Aquatic Environment Education Centre at Wonga Wetlands.
Lloyd’s next project, Life Amphibious, was an adventurous human-powered submarine expedition between the Greek islands of Kefalonia and Ithaca. The expedition was jointly funded by the Australian Geographic Society and the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation through their highly competitive one-year "Scientific Projects 2009" Programme. The Ecole de Technologie Superieure (ETS) in Montreal, Canada, supported the project by sending an assistant professor, four young engineers and their pioneering Omer 6 submarine to Greece for the expedition. The submarine featured a biology inspired design, resembling a penguin, as the means of propulsion and was showcased in an exhibition at the Goulandris Natural History Museum following the expedition. The President of the Goulandris Natural History Museum, Mrs. Niki Goulandris, and the Australian Ambassador, HE Mr. Jeremy Newman, opened the exhibition titled “Water Marks” Australian Underwater Adventures.
Most recently, Lloyd launched the LEGOLAND Year of Records 2010 by living in an underwater house in the LEGOLAND ATLANTIS by SEA LIFE aquarium, LEGOLAND Deutschland®, Günzburg, Germany. He entered on 30 March and surfaced again 336 hours later having achieved a new Guinness World Record™ for the most electricity generated by human power underwater (2,502 watt hours). It was a globally unique experiment with over 100,000 children and parents visiting Lloyd on location in LEGOLAND Deutschland and via the Web site. The project featured on National Geographic Channel’s Naked Science ‘City Under the Sea’ documentary and was awarded a silver medal at the Econ Awards in Germany in the category “PR-Activity”.
When Lloyd was a boy, his dad told him one thing every night, “If you dream it, you can do it”. Today, Lloyd is a marine scientist, aquanaut and avid ultramarathon runner living his dream. He wants to pass this important message onto as many children as he can and contribute to making the next generation the most active, curious, compassionate and creative one so far.