Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born a hundred years ago today. "Captain Cousteau," became synonomous with the ocean. "The sea is everything," he said. (Jacques-Yves Cousteau centennial: "The sea is everything"). French inventor, engineer, explorer, naturalist, poet, and ultimately prophet, Jacques Cousteau died in 1997, but, as his son Jean-Michel Cousteau writes in the tribute below, he remains a champion of the oceans.
By Jean-Michel Cousteau
My father, Captain Jacques Cousteau, would have been 100 years old today. He was a man of undeniable charisma, a man who always achieved his objectives, a man of such single-minded determination that he would not give up on a goal until he had achieved it. His lifelong vision was to help millions of people understand the fragility of life on what he called our "'water planet."