Famous explorer, filmmaker and inventor Jacques-Yves Cousteau led Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum from 1957 to 1988.
Born in 1910 in Gironde (France), Jacques-Yves Cousteau began his underwater research in 1945. On board the Calypso, a former minesweeper transformed into an oceanographic research vessel, and then the Alcyone, he explored the seas with his crew from 1951 onwards. His film The Silent World won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Festival in 1956 and the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature in 1957. Through his 70 films for television and 50 books, he raised public awareness of the beauty of the oceans as well as the threats they faced.