The Piccard family is a truly record-beating clan. Stratosphere research expert Auguste Piccard set up a world record in his ball-shaped capsule in 1931– he was the first human being who saw the earth’s curvature with his own eyes. After starting their flight in Germany’s Augsburg, the two scientists landed at the Gurgler Ferner glacier in the Ötztal Alps by chance. The sleepy village of Obergurgl was suddenly in the news all around the world.
By contrast, his son Jaques Piccard explored the earth’s depths and oceans. Up to now Jaques Piccard has been one of the most renowned deep sea research experts and reformers, by breaking also the deep sea diving record in the Mariana Trench. So we have reached the 3rd generation of the research family: may I introduce you to Bertrand Piccard, son of Jaques Piccard and grandson of Auguste Piccard.