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Ballard, Robert Duane

Born: 1942 AD
Currently alive, at 73 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Explorer

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.