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Robert Duane Ballard

(1942-06-30) June 30, 1942 (age 80)
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)
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
 United States Navy
Years of service 1965–1995
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Commander

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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