The Martin Klein Collection features substantial archives and slides of Klein’s long and distinguished career in the field of side scan sonar technologies, as well as the broader sonar and subsea sensing industry. Klein ‘62 began work with MIT Professor Harold “Doc” Edgerton in 1961, and later led the development of the first commercially successful side scan sonar system at Edgerton’s company, EG&G. He formed his own company, Klein Associates, Inc. in 1968, which soon became an industry leader. Klein pioneered many side scan sonar applications and related technologies for search, survey and science missions. These include reconnaissance of lost U.S. Navy submarines and discovery of the first ancient shipwreck using remote sensing. Klein donated his archives in 2014. A Guide to the Martin Klein Collection is available here as a PDF.

Repository: MIT Museum, Hart Nautical Collection

Creator: Martin Klein

Title: Martin Klein Collection

Dates: [inclusive] 1951 – 2010

Extent: Approximately 4,538 color slides, archival materials and objects associated with the professional ocean engineering career of Martin Klein.

Location: MIT Museum. An appointment is required to review elements of the collection not viewable in the portal.

Credit: Hart Nautical Collection, MIT Museum

See more detail in the Martin Klein Collection Guide [PDF].