|Born||27-03-1923 (age 96)|
|Birth place||Denver, Colorado|
|Residence||Santa Cruz, California|
Jack O'Neill is an American businessman, often credited with the invention of the wetsuit. In 1952 he founded the O'Neill brand while opening one of California's first surf shops in a garage on the Great Highway in San Francisco, close to his favorite bodysurfing break at the time.
In December 1996 he also began a non profit organization called O'Neill Sea Odyssey which provides students with hands-on lessons in marine biology and that teaches the relationship between the oceans and the environment.
O'Neill resides on a beachfront property in Santa Cruz, California, where he has lived since 1959.
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