”Mankind has probably done more damage to the Earth in the 20th century than in all of previous human history”
11 June 1910, Saint-André-de-Cubzac – 25 June 1997, Paris
Jacques-Yves Cousteau was a French naval officer, explorer, conservationist, filmmaker, innovator, scientist, photographer, author and researcher who studied the sea and all forms of life in water. He co-developed the Aqua-Lung, pioneered marine conservation and was a member of the Académie française.
The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau – The Sleeping Sharks of Yucatan
Cousteau described his underwater world research in series of books, perhaps most successful being his first book, The Silent World: A Story of Undersea Discovery and Adventure (1953).
Cousteau also directed films, most notably the documentary adaptation of the book, The Silent World, which won a Palme d’or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. He remained the only person to win a Palme d’Or for a documentary film, until Michael Moore won the award in 2004 for Fahrenheit 9/11.
The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau – The Water Planet