The legendary Captain Jacques Cousteau was a pioneering explorer of the seas and of the issues that face us today. He was a French naval officer, explorer, ecologist, filmmaker, activist, innovator, inventor, author, scientific collaborator, and member of the French Academy. He co-invented the Aqualung, started a marine conservation movement and created a legacy of passion for the ocean that continues today through his family and the millions of people influenced by his work.
A few of his many accomplishments include:
- Pioneering the use of waterproof housings for movie cameras.
- Developing the first SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) regulator.
- Building the first undersea habitats and underwater submersibles for scientific research.
- Converted the Calypso to an oceanographic vessel dedicated to exploring the ocean for scientific purposes—which served him for 46 years.
- Publishing his book The Silent World in 1953, and receiving an Academy Award in 1956 for Best Documentary for the film version of this book.
- Published over 70 books related to his work.
- Developing the first watertight 35mm still camera and the invention of self-righting underwater sleds for filming in deep water.
- Launching a television series titled The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau that introduced hundreds of millions of people to the underwater world.
- Creating The Cousteau Society and the Foundation Cousteau to mobilize public support for protecting the Earth’s resources.
- Launching an ambitious effort to petition the United Nations to adopt a Bill of Rights for Future Generations.
- Served as Director of the Musee Oceanographique De Monaco for over 30 years.
- Recipient of countless, medals, awards and honors related to his passion for exploration and environmentalism.