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Jacques-Yves Cousteau, (1910–1997) was a French underwater explorer, scientist, photographer and filmmaker who studied the oceans and the life within it and helped to develop the underwater breathing device, the Aqualung. He also worked on conservation was a member of the Académie française. He wrote books, filmed award-winning documentaries and had a television series ("The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau") where he gained his greatest notoriety. His oceanic research vessel "Calypso" was inspired John Denver's tribute song "Calypso" in 1975. He also was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom and consulted with the UN on environmental affairs.

In "The Bat Jar Conjecture", when Sheldon was insulted when asked to join their Physics Bowl team, he asked them if they would ask Jacques Cousteau to play Go Fish.

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