Jacques Piccard And his story Inside and out

Left - Jacques Piccard in his earlier days - Right - himself later in life

Jacques Piccard, a mid 1900's oceanographer who was born June 28th, 1922 in Brussels Belgium, and died November 1st, 2008. A young man who shared a similar passion with his father and continued closely in his footsteps even after his death, but instead an inventor or Physicist as an explorer/oceanographer. He was the only son but had three sisters, Geneviève Piccard, Denise Piccard, and Marianne Piccard.Daughter. His father was a Auguste Piccard, a professor at the university in Brussels. He became famous with his high altitude balloon flights in the stratosphere so Jacques grew up with a lot of inspiration to do something as astonishing as their father did.

Left - University of Geneva - Right - Ponza, Italy

In Switzerland, 1943, Jacquese studied at the University of Geneva, taking a year off in 1944–45 in order to serve with the French First Army. Upon receiving his licentiate in 1946, he taught at the university for two years before entering private teaching. For years he was helping his father to design bathyscaphes and in 1953 the bathyscaphe accompanied him in the Trieste on a dive of 3,099 metres (10,168 feet) off the island of Ponza, Italy along with dozens of others.

Left - Hubbard Medal - Right - Bathyscaphes Trieste

Young Piccard over his lifetime he invented the Bathyscaphes and was presented the Highest Honor from the National Geographic Society. The Hubbard Medal and is now within the Society's most prestigious members. The Trieste was a Swiss Engineered, Italian Built Deep-Diving bathyscaphe designed for research,.which with its crew of two reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 metres (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep, located in the Mariana Trench far off the coast of Guam. On January 23rd, 1960 Jacques Piccard and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal relevant to project Nekton. Which was a code name for a project including a series of dives in shallow water and also deep submergence operations and Trieste was the first manned vessel to have reached the bottom of the Challenger Deep which was the one that accompanied them in the record setting dive.


Piccard, Jacques. "1960 Dive - DEEPSEA CHALLENGE Expedition." DEEPSEA CHALLENGE. National Geographic, 01 July 2014. Web. 24 Jan. 2017.

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