Auguste Piccard was the creator of the highest-flying baloon with a passenger capsule which kept its pressure, allowing the passengers to rise to higher places than if they had to sustain the normal pressures. Using this capsule, he has managed to transport passangers in a height of 23 kilometers above sea level.
Professeur Tournesol (Professor Bienlein) from Tim and Struppi was drafted after Auguste Piccard, and the Mésoscaphe PX-8 was called after him. Also, Captain Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek TNG was drafted to be a grandson of Auguste Piccard.
Born 1884 in Basel, he died in 1962 in Lausanne.