1930 - Born on the 15th of November in Shanghai.
1946 - Ballard came to England with his mother and sister.
1949 - He went on to study medicine at King's College, Cambridge.
1951 - Published his short story "The Violent Noon" won a crime story competition.
1952 - He went to the University of London to read English Literature.
1953 - Joined the RAF, and was sent to the RCAF flight-training base in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada.
1954 - Ballard left the RAF and returned to England.
1955 - Married Helen Mary Matthews and settled in Chiswick.
1957 - Worked as assistant editor on Chemistry and Industry, a scientific journal.
1960 - Moved with his family to Shepperton, outside London.
1962 - Wrote the novels "The Drowned World".
1964 - He wrote "The Drought".
1970 - Organized an exhibition of crashed cars at the New Arts Laboratory
1973 - Ballard wrote, "Crash".
1984 - He wrote "Empire of the Sun".
1989 - Published "The Enormous Space" in the Science fiction magazine Interzone
1991 - Ballard wrote "The Kindness of Women".
1994 - Ballard wrote "Rushing to Paradise".
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