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.