Mar. 25, 1962 - Professor Auguste Piccard (pictured in 1931), the pioneer Swiss explorer of the stratosphere and ocean depths, died of a heart attack last night at his home in Lausanne. He was 78 years old. The physicist captured the imagination of millions when, in the early 1930s, he and an assistant boarded the gondola of a balloon of his own design and ascended to a record height into the stratosphere. Fifteen years later, he and his son, Jacques, went to ocean depths never before seen by man. In his long career, Dr. Piccard was also a student and collaborator of Albert Einstein.