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Responsible for perhaps the most extraordinary and certainly the most famous wreck discovery in maritime exploration history, Robert Ballard is the man who discovered RMS Titanic. Although that is his best-known accomplishment, it was just one of more than 120 deep sea expeditions he has conducted. Using the latest modern science and technology he explores some of the world's most inhospitable environments using his vast experience as a pioneer of deep diving submarines.

Ballard's JASON Project is a distance-learning program that helps more than 1.7 million students and 38,000 teachers every year. The Explorers Club has awarded him the Explorers Medal and the National Geographic Society awarded him the Hubbard medal. He is also the recipient of the Lindberg Award, and President George W. Bush presented him with the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal in the Oval Office of the White House.

The newly created Institute for Archaeological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, the purpose of which is to seek out ancient history in undersea environments, selected Ballard as its director. He is also president of the Institute for Exploration and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution scientist emeritus.

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Deep Sea Explorer, Marine Geophysicist & Discoverer of the Titanic Wreckage

Among the most accomplished and well known of the world′s deep-sea explorers, Robert Ballard is best known for his historic discovery of the sunken R.M.S. Titanic. During his long career he has conducted more than 120 deep-sea expeditions using the latest in exploration technology, and he is a pioneer in the early use of deep-diving submarines.

Ballard has pioneered distance learning in the classrooms of America and around the world with the JASON Project, an award-winning educational program that reaches more than 1.7 million students and 38,000 teachers annually. He has received prestigious awards from the Explorers Club and the National Geographic Society—the Explorers Medal and the Hubbard Medal, respectively—as well as the Lindbergh Award. In 2003 President George W. Bush presented him with the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal in the Oval Office of the White House.

Ballard is president of the Institute for Exploration, scientist emeritus from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and director of the newly created Institute for Archaeological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, where he is in search of ancient lost history in the depths of the sea.


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Robert Ballard gives a wide-ranging talk concerning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and deep sea exploration. A true polymath, he touches on many subjects, for example the potential use of volcanic energy: “There are literally tens of thousands of active volcanoes out there and we have yet to tap their energy. 12,000°C 1000 meters down, tens of thousands of them for 42,000 miles. The only ones who've tapped their energy are the Icelandic people because they are living on them."

With his trademark intelligence and enthusiasm, Ballard extols the possibilities that we have yet to explore regarding volcanic energy: “Talk about an energy source in situ: it's right there, you need a surveillance system, the power's right there, continuous for millions of years."


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Robert Ballard is not only passionate about deep-sea exploration but also about encouraging interest, particularly that of children, in math, science and engineering. He presents fascinating talks illustrated with astonishing imagery and gripping personal accounts of his undersea explorations. Along the way he discusses how to lead a successful team and motivate others to come up with innovative solutions.

Ballard also gives fascinating accounts of his searches for lost vessels and other historical sites beneath the sea (including a talk specifically about his search for RMS Titanic) and gives his audience a glimpse into what lies ahead in the field of deep-sea exploration.

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!

The Personal Account of How the Titanic Was Found, and a Look into the Future
Dr. Ballard shares his incredible story of the significant discovery of the Titanic, the advanced technology he used for this world famous expedition, and what’s ahead for the future in deep sea exploration.

Deep Sea Exploration
Dr. Ballard shares his conclusions of his numerous expeditions to search for, locate and document sites of historical significance and the emerging science of deep water archeology.





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    The Eternal Darkness: A Personal History of Deep-Sea Exploration
    "Bob Ballard, building on the early work of Jacques Cousteau, is the preeminent pioneer in truly deep sea exploration and here is the fascinating, gripping story that only he is qualified to tell."—Walter Cronkite

    "Bob Ballard′s The Eternal Darkness chronicles the exciting 20th-century advances in underwater technology, many of them his own. Their contributions to deep ocean knowledge, exploration, discovery, salvage, and natural resource utilization have forever changed the way we view and understand our planet′s oceans, and will, in the future, change the way we care for our seas. Ballard now joins Cousteau as another inspired visionary."—Scott Carpenter

    "Bob Ballard is a tenacious explorer of the deep ocean and discoverer of ancient sea treasures. Two thousand years ago no trains, planes, or automobiles existed. Most transportation was by sea. Important knowledge of the past can only be uncovered from where it lies, buried in the ocean floor. Bob exhibits his fascination with the unknown by uncovering history that lies at the bottom of the sea floor that is critical to our understanding of the ancient world."—Jean-Michel Cousteau

    "Ballard is one of the great explorers of the age. He is not only a great explorer, but a gifted story-teller and an evangelist for science. His joy and contagious excitement in exploration and science have captured the imagination of thousands of students, and rescuing them from dull science teachers, has converted them to pursuing careers in scientific discovery. Now in The Eternal Darkness he draws on all his talent, and his hair-raising experiences, to capture the rest of us in a great adventurous read."—John F. Lehman


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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!

The Personal Account of How the Titanic Was Found, and a Look into the Future
Dr. Ballard shares his incredible story of the significant discovery of the Titanic, the advanced technology he used for this world famous expedition, and what’s ahead for the future in deep sea exploration.

Deep Sea Exploration
Dr. Ballard shares his conclusions of his numerous expeditions to search for, locate and document sites of historical significance and the emerging science of deep water archeology.


Speech


Robert Ballard gives a wide-ranging talk concerning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and deep sea exploration. A true polymath, he touches on many subjects, for example the potential use of volcanic energy: “There are literally tens of thousands of active volcanoes out there and we have yet to tap their energy. 12,000°C 1000 meters down, tens of thousands of them for 42,000 miles. The only ones who've tapped their energy are the Icelandic people because they are living on them."

With his trademark intelligence and enthusiasm, Ballard extols the possibilities that we have yet to explore regarding volcanic energy: “Talk about an energy source in situ: it's right there, you need a surveillance system, the power's right there, continuous for millions of years."