Absolutely! The biography of Harry Briggs, Ph.D.
Harry Briggs with students
Dr. Harry H. Briggs was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
in 1997 as an Honour Swimmer
and is a member of the 24-hour club
. Dr. Briggs was the first to swim from Corsica to Sardinia in 1955 and was the first to complete a swim across Lake Erie from Sandusky, Ohio, USA to Point Pelee, Ontario, Canada in 1957 in 35 hours 55 minutes. A political science instructor whose nickname
is The Paddlin’ Professor
, he became the first person to swim 58 km (36 miles) across Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, USA.
Dr. Briggs completed 43 marathon swims over the course of his career. At the age of 76, he swam 16 km (10 miles) across Lake Sunapee as a fundraiser and continues to do fundraising open water swims into his 90s.
His life is a subject of a biography called Absolutely! written by his niece Letitia Sweitzer M.Ed.