Jacques Cousteau

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Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1976
Born 11 June 1910(1910-06-11)
Saint-André-de-Cubzac
Gironde, France
Died 25 June 1997(1997-06-25) (aged 87)
Paris, France
Cause of death Heart attack
Resting place Saint-André-de-Cubzac, France
Nationality French
Occupation Oceanographer
Spouse Simone Melchior Cousteau (m. 1937-1990, her death)
Francine Triplet Cousteau (m. 1991-1997, his death)
Children 4, including Jean-Michel and Philippe Cousteau

Jacques-Yves Cousteau known as Jacques Cousteau (11 June 1910 - 25 June 1997)[1] was a French naval officer, explorer, ecologist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He helped create the aqua-lung, helped marine conservation and was a member of the Académie française. He was also known as "le Commandant Cousteau" or "Captain Cousteau".

Life[change | edit source]

Early life[change | edit source]

Cousteau was born on 11 June 1910, in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, to Daniel and Élisabeth Cousteau. He had one brother, Pierre-Antoine. Cousteau attended Collège Stanislas in Paris. In 1930, he entered the École Navale and graduated as a gunnery officer. After an automobile accident cut short his career in naval aviation, Cousteau changed to studying the sea.

In Toulon, where he was serving on the Condorcet, Cousteau carried out his first underwater experiments, thanks to his friend Philippe Tailliez who in 1936 lent him some Fernez underwater goggles.[2] Cousteau also belonged to the information service of the French Navy, and was sent on missions to Shanghai and Japan (1935–1938) and in the USSR (1939).[source?]

On 12 July 1937 he married Simone Melchior (1919-1990), with whom he had two sons, Jean-Michel (born 1938) and Philippe (1940–1979). His sons took part in the adventures of the Calypso. In 1991, after his wife Simone's death from cancer, he married Francine Triplet. They already had a daughter Diane Cousteau (born 1980) and a son Pierre-Yves Cousteau (born 1982), born during Cousteau's marriage to his first wife.

Death[change | edit source]

Jacques-Yves Cousteau died on 25 June 1997 in Paris, aged 87 from a heart attack. Despite rumors, encouraged by some Islamic publications and websites, Cousteau did not convert to Islam, and when he died he was buried in a Roman Catholic Christian funeral.[3] He was buried in the family vault at Saint-André-de-Cubzac in France. A street was named "rue du Commandant Cousteau" in a street which runs near his native house, where a commemorative plaque was affixed.

Honors[change | edit source]

During his lifetime, Jacques-Yves Cousteau received these awards:

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