The Crew

Captain Cousteau's adventurous life was punctuated by enriching encounters with wonderful people. There have been too many to name them all, but here are a few of the notable figures from the Cousteau "odyssey."
 

Albert Falco.

Chief diver and captain of Calypso. He spent forty years-a record-at Captain Cousteau's side.

Emile Gagnan.

Engineer. With Captain Cousteau, he devised the Aqua-Lung in 1943.

Philippe Tailliez.

Naval officer. One of the three "mousquemers", along with Cousteau and Dumas, who devised a rudimentary diving apparatus in 1936.

Frédéric Dumas.

Champion underwater fisherman. One of the three "mousquemers", along with Cousteau and Tailliez, who devised a rudimentary diving apparatus in 1936.

Louis Malle.

Cinematographer and diver. He filmed The Silent World with Captain Cousteau and, with him, received the Palme d'Or for the movie at the Cannes Film Festival in 1956.

André Laban.

Chemical engineer. He developed the first underwater cameras for the Cousteau team.

Lucien Malavard.

Professor. With Captain Cousteau and Bertrand Charrier, he developed a new system for complementary wind propulsion, called the Turbosail.

Bertrand Charrier.

Engineer. With Captain Cousteau and Professor Malavard, he developed a new system for complementary wind propulsion, called the Turbosail.

Jean Mollard.

Engineer. With Captain Cousteau, he built the first autonomous diving saucer, launched in 1959.

Raymond Coll.

Chief diver and cameraman. Known for his calm efficiency over three decades with the Cousteau teams.

Armand Davso.

Technician. Creator, with Cousteau, of cameras, lighting and diving equipment for The Silent World, the Conshelf experiments and the "Undersea World" television series.

Bernard Delemotte.

Diver and cinematographer, and expedition chief for 50 Cousteau films, including the 1999 St. Lawrence expedition.

Harold Edgerton.

Inventor of the strobe light. Created a lighting system for Cousteau cameras to capture the first images of deep-sea life in 1953.

Jean-Marie France.

Calypso's chief engineer, caring for her from 1966 on.

Claude Wesly.

Diver and speaker. With Albert Falco, an "oceanaut" of the first Conshelf experiment. Still active as a speaker on behalf of Cousteau Society.