Word of Mouth - Tintin & famous Picards
This week Garry Littman has been investigating Europe's most famous detective journalist. His name is Tintin - the hero of cartoon book adventures, written and illustrated by Hergé.
One of Tintin's sidekicks is Professor Calculus. He's a brilliant, but very absent-minded, half-deaf physicist, inventor and Tintin's friend.
His character was inspired by a real life Swiss scientist, the extraordinary Auguste Antoine Piccard (1884–1962); physicist, aeronaut, deep sea explorer born in Basel.
Hergé revealed in an interview that Professor Calculus was a small scale version of Professor Piccard. Garry Littman tells us why.