Joe MacInnis, physician-scientist, author, and deep-sea explorer whose expeditions to the Titanic wreck helped inspire James Cameron’s Academy Award-winning film, has been appointed the first distinguished visiting professor at the Ryerson University Library and Archives. His appointment, effective to the end of December 2013, is co-sponsored by the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, and the Faculty of Science. For more information, please see the story in Ryerson Today.
Dr. MacInnis has an ongoing connection to the Library through the MacInnis Audio Visual Collection, donated to the Library’s Special Collections. This collection consists of audio, video and film recordings made by Dr. MacInnis and his team during his underwater dives from the 1970s to 2004. The bulk of the collection concerns the shipwrecks of the Titanic, the Breadalbane and the Edmund Fitzgerald.
In his role as distinguished visiting professor, Dr. MacInnis will deliver a public lecture on April 3 about the Cameron-National Geographic seven-mile science dive into the Mariana Trench.