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Bertrand Piccard

Dr Bertrand Piccard is a Swiss psychiatrist and balloonist born in Lausanne on 1 March 1958. His grandfather Auguste Piccard was also a noted balloonist and inventor.

On 1 March 1999 Piccard and Brian Jones set off in the balloon Breitling Orbiter 3 from Château d’Oex in Switzerland on the non-stop balloon circumnavigation. They landed in Egypt after a 45,755 kilometre flight lasting 19 days, 21 hours and 47 minutes.

In recognition of this accomplishment, he received the Harmon Trophy.

Last updated: 10-24-2004 05:10:45