Sakher Haider Chowdhry
Ocean-based bionic innovations
Bionics is a branch of science that integrates biology and technology. In bionic research, scientists and engineers examine natural laws, principles of structure and function of organisms, and apply their findings to the design of equipment, structures, and architecture. Leonardo da Vinci, a Renaissance genius who diligently examined nature and sketched plans for various flying machines, was one of the most prominent forefathers of bionics. However, the true development of this scientific subject was launched by John Keto, chief of the Aeronautical Systems Division, who formed a team in 1956 to investigate the possibility of utilising biological advances in technology.Jack Steele named the new field bionics two years later, in 1958. Since then, a plethora of equipment and technical solutions have been invented based on observations of the natural world. In this regard, not only the terrestrial but also the maritime environment is an inexhaustible source of knowledge.