The Loss of the Deepest Diving Human

Unfortunate news on the wires this morning…

Legendary Swiss diver Jacques Piccard has died at the age of 86 at his home on Lake Geneva. An
engineer known for designing submarines to study ocean currents and one
of two people to reach the deepest point in any ocean, Piccard died on
Saturday. In 1960 along with United States Navy
Lieutenant Don Walsh, Piccard descended 10,916 metres aboard the
Trieste into the Challenger Deep off the South Pacific island of Guam. The feat has never been replicated. His
discovery of living organisms at a depth of over 11,000 metres led to
the prohibition of nuclear waste dumping in ocean trenches. In 1969, Piccard drifted underwater for some 3,000 kilometres in the Gulf Stream, exploring its warm Atlantic currents. He designed and supervised construction of his submarines and dove last at the age of 82.


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Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, created to facilitate research to address fundamental questions in evolutionary science. He has conducted deep-sea research for 11 years and published over 40 papers in the area. He has participated in dozens of expeditions taking him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses mainly on marine systems and particularly the biology of body size, biodiversity, and energy flow. He focuses often on deep-sea systems as a natural test of the consequences of energy limitation on biological systems. He is the author and chief editor of Deep-Sea News, a popular deep-sea themed blog, rated the number one ocean blog on the web and winner of numerous awards. Craig’s popular writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

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5 comments on “The Loss of the Deepest Diving Human
  1. Very sad indeed. And … always knowing him as “the son of PIccard” and for his enthusiasm … a sad surprise that he actually was already 86 … end of an era …

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