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adventurer , Psychiatrist , research scientist

Bertrand Piccard, Swiss research scientist, psychiatrist, aeronaut, adventurer. Recipient Olympic Order, Gold Medal of French Ministry of Youth and Sport, of Highest Distinctions from Federation Aeronautique Internationale, National Geographic Society, Explorer's Club, Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur' Honneur, Grand Prix Academie des Science, Morales et Politques de l' Institut de France.


Piccard, Bertrand was born on March 1, 1958 in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Senior consultant for psychiatric hospital. Lecturer, supervisor Swiss Medical Hypnosis Society. Invited speaker.


  • Achievements include pioneer in hang gliding and microlight flying in the 1970's. European Champion in hang-gliding aerobatics in 1985. Winner of Wim Verstraeten, first transatlantic ballon race (Chrysler Challenge) in 1992.

    Initiated the Breitling Oribital Project. Captain of 3 attempts and succeeded with Brian Jones the first non-stop round the world ballon flight, achieving the longest flight in terms of duration & distance in the history of aviation. Solar Impulse project co-founder, first solar power aeroplane makes flight first 24 hour flight in 2010.


Goodwill Ambassador United Nations Population Fund. Co-creator Winds of Hope.


Married; 3 children.