President Kennedy April 19 presented the National Geographic Society's Special Gold Medal to Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the world-famous undersea explorer.
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Background: President Kennedy April 19 presented the National Geographic Society's Special Gold Medal to Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the world-famous undersea explorer.
The noon ceremony at the White House was attended by Dr. Melville Bell Grosvenor, president and editor of National Geographic, other Society officials, guests from the French Embassy, and associates of Captain Cousteau.
An inscription on the Cousteau medal reads: "To earthbound man he gave the key to the Silent World."
The former French naval officer has pioneered in the development of ingenious apparatus - including the Aqua-lung, the jet-propelled Diving Saucer, and a 65-foot inflatable boat - to help scientists penetrate the sea. Since 1952, his oceanographic expeditions on the noted research ship Calypso have been sponsored by the National Geographic Society and French scientific organizations.