Last updated: December 13, 2017 at 4:43 am
Diving pioneer, and explorer; prolific author and film producer; environmentalist; co-inventor of the Aqua-Lung; co-founder of the Groupe d’étude et de recherche sous-marines (GERS) in 1945; founder of the Cousteau Society/Équipe Cousteau; first to dive and/or document dozens of famous shipwrecks including the RHS Britannic and the Roraïma (Martinique); member of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame; U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame (March 2010); one of the Mousquemers along with Frédéric Dumas and Philippe Tailliez; inspired thousands to become divers; father of Jean-Michel Cousteau (1938), Philippe Cousteau (1940), Diane Cousteau (1980), and Pierre-Yves Cousteau (1982); a.k.a. Captain Cousteau, Captain Planet, JYC.
“People protect what they love.” — Jacques-Yves Cousteau
“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” — Jacques-Yves Cousteau