Before becoming the very first Rector of World Maritime University, Captain Sölve Arvedson (1929 – 2007) worked onboard ships, participated in research expeditions to Greenland, travelled in the Far East discussing environmental issues, promoted environmental work in various fields in Sweden and was a member of a great many educational committees.
Captain Arvedson managed to convince politicians in Malmö and Stockholm to realize that education and training in international maritime conventions was of utmost importance.
Rear Admiral Sheldon Hoard Kinney of Annapolis, Maryland (1918 -2004) pursued a naval career for 38 years, including distinguished combat service in three wars taking him from Signalman to command of 125 ships and 65,000 officers and crew of the Cruiser-Destroyer Force of the Pacific Fleet. He also served as the Navy’s Chief of Education and Training, and as Commander of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy.
Captain Donald M. Waters had more impact on maritime education and training in Australia than any other single person. He was responsible for bringing maritime education to Australia into the 20th century. As a Master Mariner of great experience, Captain Waters, as Assistant Secretary in the Australian Department of Transport in the 1970s, was able to see the need for properly trained and educated personnel.