Auguste Piccard

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Piccard, Auguste


Born Jan. 28, 1884, in Lutry, Vaud; died Mar. 25, 1962, in Lausanne. Swiss physicist. Designer of stratosphere balloons and bathyscaphes.

In 1931 and 1932, Piccard carried out flights in stratosphere balloons of his own design for the purpose of studying cosmic rays; he reached an altitude of 16,370 m. In 1948 and 1953, using bathyscaphes he had designed himself, he descended to depths as great as 3,160 m in the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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In the 1930s, scientist Auguste Piccard broke a number of altitude records during a series of European balloon flights.
In the 1950s, Auguste Piccard and his son Jacques built the Trieste, a bathyscaphe.
Norse chieftain Eric the Red, Swiss physicist and explorer Auguste Piccard, German composer Ludwig van Beethoven and nearly 90 other European historical figures filled the Mill Pond School cafeteria April 11 for Europe Day.
His grandfather, Auguste Piccard, also a medical doctor, was the first balloonist to reach the stratosphere in a pressurized crew capsule.
50 YEARS AGO: Professor Auguste Piccard has made his first experimental dive in the ocean aboard his "Bathyscape" says a Belgian report.
Contractor address : Aeropole Bruxelles-Sud rue Auguste Piccard 40
Fitting, since his grandfather, physicist Auguste Piccard, invented the stratospheric balloon.
Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the Breitling Orbiter and grandson of Auguste Piccard who was famed for his inventions including the stratospheric balloon and pressurised cabin, says "Naturally I want to make the first circumnavigation but a race round the world, once we see that it is feasible, fills me with tremendous excitement, and I would be the first to sign up.
Piccard is the grandson of scientist Auguste Piccard, who made the first stratospheric flight.