Born on June 11, 1910, in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, Gironde, Cousteau was a French naval officer who became one of the world’s greatest explorers, ecologists, filmmakers and scientists. His passion was the oceans of the world and the sea life in them, and he co-developed the modern SCUBA tank and regulator, making underwater exploration accessible to scientists and the masses alike. He died on June 25, 1997.