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Ballard, Robert Duane

Born: 1942 AD
Currently alive, at 74 years of age.
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1942 – Born on the 30th of June in Kansas USA.

 

1962 – Worked at the aerospace company’s Ocean Systems Group.

 

1965 – Graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, earning undergraduate degrees in chemistry and geology.

 

1967 – Earned Ph.D. in marine geology at the University of Southern California.

 

1970 – Worked at Woods Hole as a full-time marine scientist.

 

1969 – Ballard’s first dive in a submersible was in the Ben Franklin off the coast of Florida.

 

1973 – Ballard saw this as way of searching for the wreck of Titanic.

 

1975 – Participated in the joint French-American expedition called FAMOUS. They searched for hydrothermal vents.

 

1980 – Ballard took a sabbatical from Woods Hole to teach at Stanford University in California.

 

1982 – Proposed to the U.S. Navy, and received the go-ahead from Navy Secretary John Lehman.

 

1985 – He discovered the sunken remains of Titanic.

 

1990 – Ballard founded the Institute for Exploration, which specializes in deep-sea archaeology and deep-sea geology.

 

1993-1994 – Served as the technical consultant on the science fiction series "seaQuest DSV".

 

2004 – Appointed professor of oceanography at the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.

 

         – He is the President of the Institute for Exploration in Mystic, Connecticut.