Alain Louis Bombard

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Biologist, Scientist, Doctor(1924–2005)
Marine biologist Alain Louis Bombard crossed the Atlantic without food or water to prove that he could live on just fish, plankton, and rain and sea water.

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Physician and marine biologist Alain Louis Bombard was born in Paris, France. In 1952, he set out across the Atlantic alone in his rubber dinghy without food or water to prove that he could live on nothing more than fish, plankton, rain water and small amounts of sea water. He landed at Barbados 62 days later. He started a marine laboratory at Saint-Malo for the study of the physiopathology of the sea.

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Physician and marine biologist Alain Louis Bombard was born on October 27, 1924 in Paris, France. Having been inspired by Thor Heyerdahl's journey with his raft, the Kon Tiki, in 1952, after preliminary trials in the Mediterranean, Bombard set from Monaco across the Atlantic alone in his rubber dinghy L'Hérétique without food or water to prove his claim that shipwreck castaways could sustain life on nothing more than fish, plankton, rain water and controlled drinking of small amounts of sea water. He landed at Barbados 62 days later. He started a marine laboratory at Saint-Malo for the study of the physiopathology of the sea. He later became a socialist politician and held numerous posts in France and in 1981 became a member of the European Parliament, a position he held for more than a decade. He was also awarded with France's highest honor, Légion d'honneur. Bombard died on July 19, 2005 at the age of 80.

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