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Jacques Cousteau: underwater exploration pioneer

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Jacques Cousteau: underwater exploration pioneer

On June 11th 1910, Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, in France. Nicknamed “Captain Cousteau”, he introduced the whole world to unknown and unreachable deep sea places with the help of several underwater explorations, movies and television documentaries. He was first officer in the French Navy before becoming an oceanographer and explorer.

Cousteau wanted to introduce the general public to the mysterious sea world. In 1943, he was granted a patent for the aqua-lung, a major invention for modern scuba diving. The same year, he won the Documentary Film Congress first prize for Par dix-huit metres de fond, the first French underwater movie.

In 1950, Captain Cousteau got his famous research vessel, the Calypso, named after the Greek mythological sea nymph. With that ship, he did scientific underwater explorations on all the seas and oceans on Earth. Cousteau died in 1997 and gave everything he got from his work to the Cousteau Society that he founded for the protection of ocean life and for the well-being of future generations.



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2012-06-11