Dr. Robert G. Williscroft served twenty-three years in the U.S. Navy and the National Oceanic and Atmos-pheric Administration (NOAA). He commenced his service as an enlisted nuclear Submarine Sonar Tech-nician in 1961, was selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education program in 1966, and graduated
from University of Washington in Marine Physics and Meteorology in 1969. He returned to nuclear submarines as the Navy's first Poseidon Weapons Officer. Subsequently, he served as Navigator and Diving Officer on both catamaran mother vessels for the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle. Then he joined the Submarine Development Group One out of San Diego as the Officer-in-Charge of the Test Operations Group, conducting "deep-ocean surveillance and data acquisition" – which forms the basis for Operation Ivy Bells.
In NOAA Dr. Williscroft directed diving operations throughout the Pacific and Atlantic. As a certified diving instructor for both the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI) and the Multinational Diving Educators Association (MDEA), he taught over 3,000 individuals both basic and advanced SCUBA diving. He authored four diving books, developed the first NAUI drysuit course, developed advanced curricula for mixed gas and other specialized diving modes, and developed and taught a NAUI course on the Math and Physics of Advanced Diving. His doctoral dissertation for California Coast University, A System for Protecting SCUBA Divers from the Hazards of Contaminated Water was published by the U.S. Department of Commerce and distributed to Port Captains World-wide. He also served three shipboard years in the high Arctic conducting scientific baseline studies, and thirteen months at the geographic South Pole in charge of National Science Foundation atmospheric projects.
Dr. Williscroft has written extensively on terrorism and related subjects. He is the author of a popular book on current events published by Pelican Publishing: The Chicken Little Agenda – Debunking Experts’ Lies, now in its second edition as an ebook, and a new children's book series, Starman Jones, in collaboration with Dr. Frank Drake, world famous director of the Carl Sagan Center for the Study of Life in the Universe and the SETI Institute.
Dr. Williscroft's novel, Slingshot, was launched in August 2015 at the International Space Elevator Conference in Seattle. It tells the story of the construction of the World's first Space Launch Loop. He is currently working on The Iapetus Federation, a sequel to The Starchild Compact, where fanatical terrorist Saeed Ismail has resurfaced following the dramatic events of The Starchild Compact to lead a global Jihad that leaves Earth in chaos. The Israelis, led by Founder Asshur, and what is left of the United States, led by Texas Governor Sam Houston, are seeking to escape the planet, and new technology being developed by Solar-System-wide Iapetus Federation may be the key to a successful exodus. The question is, will it be ready before Earth has sunk irrevocably into medieval barbarism? And if so, could it help the Federation expand even beyond the Solar System?
Dr. Williscroft is an active member of the venerable Adventurers' Club of Los Angeles, where he is the former Editor of the Club's monthly magazine. He lives in Centennial, Colorado, with his wife, Jill, whom he met upon his return from the South Pole in 1982 and finally married in 2010, and their twin college boys.