John Philip Holland: The Father of the Modern Submarine
John Philip Holland is the father of the modern submarine. His contribution to military history changed the course of naval warfare forever. The great-grandchildren of his brainchildren still stalk the depths to this very day.
John Philip Holland developed the first submarine to ever be formally commissioned by the U.S. Navy.
Although submarine technology had been in development for, arguably, many millennia, his contributions were most significant to what we know as submarines.
John Philip Holland’s real breakthrough came by combining the lessons of the past and combining modern propulsion. Specifically, the electric motor, the electric battery, and the internal combustion engine.