Robert Ballard

Deep-Sea Explorer and Discoverer of the Titanic and Life at the Bottom of the Sea
Robert Ballard
  • Award winning U.S. Navy Commander
  • Producer of several Emmy-winning documentaries
  • Brings audiences on a deep sea adventure with vivid storytelling and photography
  • Teaches the importance of exploration in everyday life

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Dr. Robert Ballard is one of the greatest undersea explorers of our times, having conducted over 140 deep sea expeditions during his 54 year career of going to sea.

He is not only an oceanographer with numerous important discoveries in the natural sciences including the first manned exploration of the Mid-Ocean Ridge and the discovery of the first hydrothermal vents along with their exotic life forms that have helped to explain the origin of life on our planet and where to look for life beyond the earth but also the discoverer of keys chapters of human history. Those have included the RMS TITANIC, the German Battleship BISMARCK, the aircraft carrier the USS YORKTOWN from the Battle of Midway, and President John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 as well as ancient shipwrecks dating as far back to the time of ancient Greece.

In addition to being an explorer and oceanography, Dr, Ballard served in the US Navy for more 30 years; applying his underwater skills to a number of highly classified Cold War Missions.

He a well known author with two New York Times and London Times #1 best-sellers, a film producers of documentaries that have won numerous Emmys, as well as an Explorer in Residence for the National Geographic Society and past host of their TV program, Explorer.

He has received numerous honors and awards from the US Navy including the Lone Sailor Award, 21 Honorary Doctorates, the Newcomb Cleveland Award from the Journal Science for the best science article of the Year, the Explorers Medal from the Explorer’s Club, the National Geographic Society’s most prestigious Hubbard Medal, the Lindberg Medal, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal presented to him in the Oval Office of White House by President George W. Bush.

Each year, you will find Dr. Ballard at sea aboard his ship of exploration the E/V NAUTILUS along with his Corps of Exploration continuing to unlock the secrets of the sea.

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Exploring the Ocean's Hidden Worlds

Adventures In Deep Sea Exploration: Living The Dream. Dr. Robert Ballard, President of the Institute for Exploration at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut and Director of the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography, is best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic. Ballard is now using advanced technology to create a new field of research in deep water archaeology. At the Institute for Exploration's Challenge of the Deep exhibit hall, as well as with his Jason Foundation for Education, Ballard hopes to inspire young people to pursue learning in science, math, and technology through exploration and discovery. This past summer he used satellite and internet technologies to bring thousands of students around the world into direct contact with his team while on location in the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

In his talk, through the use of stunning high quality images and personal accounts, Dr. Ballard will present his most recent work in deep water archaeology and the technology of tele-presence. He discusses motivating people to think outside the box, learning how to deal with failure-that failure is just a step along the way to success, motivating children to choose careers in math, science and engineering; and how to live your dream. Ballard is a dynamic speaker who will have your audience on the edge of their seats wanting to start a whole new career in exploration!

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