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Nathan Ulrich

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution announces with great sorrow the death of former Post Doc/Assistant Scientist Nathan Ulrich. Nathan was traveling from Puerto Rico to Florida on May 15 when the twin-engine turboprop aircraft he was piloting vanished from radar about 2:10 p.m., 37 miles east of Eleuthera, Bahamas. He was 52.

Nathan Received his BS in 1987, his MS in 1989, and his PhD in 1990 from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nathan was the founder and co-owner of Xootr, an “adult kick scooter” company, as well as the technical director of Radon Sport.

Nathan started his career at WHOI in 1990 as a post doc in the Deep Submergence Laboratory.  In 1991, he became an assistant scientist.  He left in 1994. While at WHOI, he developed, tested, and operated deep ocean robotic systems while serving as faculty advisor to MIT/WHOI Joint Program students.

“A prolific inventor with over 20 patents, Nathan designed and built an innovative power-assist wheelchair, a number of electric vehicles including scooters and motor bikes, and the Radon RN10, an innovative car for the F2000 racing circuit.” said Dana Yoerger, WHOI senior scientist. “Nathan was also a skilled race driver and accomplished athlete, competing for the University of Pennsylvania in basketball and the decathlon.”

A memorial service to celebrate Nathan’s life will be held on June 3 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., at
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Andrew Jarvis Dr., Portsmouth, NH, 03801

Following the memorial everyone is invited for a meal and gathering at the church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution via