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Dr. Robert Ballard Featured Deep Sea Explorer, Discoverer of the Titanic Wreckage, Emmy-winning Documentary Producer

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  • Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration: Living the Dream

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  • 2021 Into the Deep: A Memoir From the Man Who Found Titanic
  • 2014 Exploring the Titanic: How the Greatest Ship Ever Lost was Found
  • 2008 Titanic: The Last Great Images
  • 2008 Archaeological Oceanography
  • 2005 The Lost Ships of Robert Ballard: An Unforgettable Underwater Tour by th World's Leading Deep-Sea Explorer
  • 2004 Return to Titanic
  • 2000 The Eternal Darkness: A Personal History of Deep-Sea Exploration
  • 1999 Return to Midway
  • 1993 Finding the Titanic Level 4
  • 1991 Exploring the Titanic: How the Greatest Ship Ever Lost-Was Found
  • 1990 The Discovery of the Bismarck: Germany's Greatest Battleship Surrenders Her Secrets
  • 1989 The Discovery of the Titanic

Robert D. Ballard, Ph.D. is Founder and President of the Ocean Exploration Trust; Professor of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. He is an Explorer-At-Large at the National Geographic Society, Commissioner for the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, and a Research Scholar at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He served in the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years and continues to work with the Office of Naval Research. A pioneer in the development of deep-sea submersibles and remotely operated vehicle systems, he has taken part in more than 155 deep-sea expeditions. In 1985, he discovered the RMS Titanic, and has succeeded in tracking down numerous other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown, and John F. Kennedy’s boat, PT-109. He has also discovered hydrothermal vents and “black smokers” in the Galapagos Rift and East Pacific Rise in 1977 and 1979. The author of numerous books, scientific papers, and articles, he has been featured in several National Geographic television programs, including “Secrets of the Titanic” a five-part mini-series, “Alien Deep with Bob Ballard.” and, in 2019, “Expedition Amelia.” He was a special advisor to Steve Spielberg on the futuristic television show seaQuest DSV. His honors include 22 Honorary Doctorates, National Geographic’s highest award, the Hubbard Medal, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Medal. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014. Dr. Ballard’s autobiography, INTO THE DEEP, will be released Father’s Day 2021 and National Geographic television special, “Bob Ballard: An Explorer’s Life” will air June 14.

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