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Robert Ballard

AKA Robert Duane Ballard

Born: 30-Jun-1942
Birthplace: Wichita, KS

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Archaeologist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Discovered the wreck of the Titanic

Military service: US Army Reserve (2nd lt); US Navy (1967-70); US Naval Reserve (Commander)

Discovered the wreck of the RMS Titanic on September 1, 1985, while on an expedition looking for sunken American nuclear submarines. Other wrecks discovered by Ballard include the German warship Bismarck (1989), ocean liner RMS Lusitania (1993), aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (1998), and John F. Kennedy's torpedo boat PT-109 (2002)

Father: Chet Ballard (rocket scientist)
Wife: (div., two sons)
Son: Todd (d. 1989 car accident)
Son: Doug
Wife: Barbara Earle Ballard (m. 12-Jan-1991, one son, one daughter)
Son: Ben (b. 1994)
Daughter: Emily (b. 1998)

    University: BS Chemistry and Geology, University of California at Santa Barbara (1965)
    University: MS Geophysics, University of Hawaii at Manoa (1966)
    University: Marine Geology, University of Southern California (1967)
    University: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    University: PhD Marine Geology and Geophysics, University of Rhode Island (1974)
    Professor: Oceanography, University of Rhode Island
    Director: Institute for Archaeological Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

    North American Aviation Ocean Systems Group (1962)
    Bohemian Grove
    Mystic Aquarium
    Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity
    German Ancestry
    English Ancestry

    Seaquest DSV Himself (1993-94)

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