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Robert Duane Ballard
June 30, 1942
Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
|Education||University of California, Santa Barbara; University of Hawaii, Manoa; University of Southern California|
|Employer||University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography|
|Known for||Ocean exploration and underwater archaeology; discoveries of the wrecks of the RMS Titanic, the battleship Bismarck, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, and John F. Kennedy's PT-109|
|Awards||Kilby International Awards (1994)
The Explorer Medal (1995)
Hubbard Medal (1996)
Caird Medal (2002)
|| United States Army
United States Navy
|Years of service||1965–1995|
Robert Duane Ballard (born June 30, 1942) is a retired American Navy officer and a professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who is most noted for his work in underwater archaeology: maritime archaeology and archaeology of shipwrecks. He is most known for the discoveries of the wrecks of the RMS Titanic in 1985, the battleship Bismarck in 1989, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown in 1998. He discovered the wreck of John F. Kennedy's PT-109 in 2002 and visited Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana, who saved its crew. He leads ocean exploration on E/V Nautilus.
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