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Cousteau, Jacques-Yves

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(June 11, 1910 – June 25, 1997)

A French explorer and conservationist. Cousteau began his career as a naval officer and was instrumental in creating the “aqua-lung,” an early form of the SCUBA diving apparatus. In his later years, Cousteau shifted his attention to exploring, photographing and cherishing the world ocean.

Cousteau authored a number of books about underwater research, including The Silent World, The Ocean World and The Human, the Orchid and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World. He was also a prolific filmmaker, with dozens of feature films and television shows to his credit. Indeed, this high visibility and Cousteau’s skill at reaching the public through mass media did much to raise awareness about ocean conservation issues.

Today he is hailed a pioneer in this field and his foundation, The Cousteau Society, continues his work.

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