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Jacques Cousteau

1910 - 1997

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Jacques-Yves Cousteau, (, also UK: , French: [ʒak iv kusto]; 11 June 1910 – 25 June 1997) was a French naval officer, oceanographer, filmmaker and author. He co-invented the first successful open-circuit self-contained underwater breathing apparatus, ("SCUBA"), called the Aqua-Lung, which assisted him in producing some of the first underwater documentaries. Cousteau wrote many books describing his undersea explorations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques Cousteau has received more than 5,062,706 page views. His biography is available in 79 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Jacques Cousteau is the 20th most popular explorer (down from 19th in 2019), the 156th most popular biography from France (down from 150th in 2019) and the most popular French Explorer.

Jacques Cousteau is most famous for his work in the field of marine biology and oceanography. He was a pioneer in underwater exploration, film-making, and environmental activism.

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Among explorers, Jacques Cousteau ranks 20 out of 405Before him are Abel Tasman, David Livingstone, Prince Henry the Navigator, Fridtjof Nansen, Erik the Red, and Xuanzang. After him are Pedro Álvares Cabral, Jacques Cartier, Leif Erikson, Vitus Bering, Juan Sebastián Elcano, and Thor Heyerdahl.

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Among people born in 1910, Jacques Cousteau ranks 3Before him are Mother Teresa and Akira Kurosawa. After him are Robert K. Merton, Giuseppe Meazza, Irena Sendler, Ingrid of Sweden, Gloria Stuart, Konrad Zuse, Jean Genet, Paulette Goddard, and Django Reinhardt. Among people deceased in 1997, Jacques Cousteau ranks 4Before him are Mother Teresa, Deng Xiaoping, and James Stewart. After him are Diana, Princess of Wales, Viktor Frankl, Jeanne Calment, Gianni Versace, Toshiro Mifune, Mobutu Sese Seko, Victor Vasarely, and Anton LaVey.

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In France

Among people born in France, Jacques Cousteau ranks 156 out of 6,011Before him are Christian Dior (1905), Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754), Évariste Galois (1811), Pope Sylvester II (938), Jean-François Millet (1814), and Guy de Maupassant (1850). After him are Erik Satie (1866), Charles IX of France (1550), Charles Baudelaire (1821), Francis II of France (1544), Jacques Cartier (1491), and Catherine Deneuve (1943).

Among EXPLORERS In France

Among explorers born in France, Jacques Cousteau ranks 1After him are Jacques Cartier (1491), Pytheas (-380), Louis Antoine de Bougainville (1729), Samuel de Champlain (1567), Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse (1741), Jules Dumont d'Urville (1790), Jeanne Baret (1740), Charles Marie de La Condamine (1701), Jean de Béthencourt (1362), René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle (1643), and Jean Chardin (1643).