Dr. Robert Ballard: Explorer, Oceanographer, Geophysicist, Educator, the Most Interesting Man in the World

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We here at the library are thrilled to welcome  Dr. Robert Ballard to as part of Student Arts and Speakers Series on Monday, October 5 at 8 PM in Bello Grand Hall. Your librarians are frankly geeking out over the visit. Curious why?

According to his URI Profile,

(Professor) Ballard came to instant fame in 1985, of course, as the discoverer of the final resting place of the ill-fated R.M.S Titanic. Since that time he has led expeditions to locate the sites of other shipwrecks including the German pocket-battleship Bismarck, the aircraft carrier Yorktown and numerous other vessels including ancient Phoenician ships off Israel.

But his explorations (well over 100) also include research missions into such phenomena as hydrothermal vents in the sea floor and the exotic ecosystems that surround such vents.

Professor Ballard gave one of my favorite TED Talks in 2008 on the Astonishing Hidden World of the Deep Ocean.

You can also watch Professor Ballard and his team on the E/V Nautilus during their expedition season (April through September) at Nautilus Live. Don’t despair if the ship is in port, you can always watch recordings of their latest explorations on the EV Nautilus YouTube channel.

Professor Ballard has a strong Rhode Island connection: he received his PhD in Geological Oceanography from University of Rhode Island in 1974 and is Professor of Oceanography and Director of URI’s Center for Ocean Exploration and Director of the Institute for Archeological Oceanography.

Interested in reading Dr. Ballard’s research? Get started here.

Articles

Leap First, Ask Later.

Iron age shipwrecks in deep water off Ashkelon, Israel

Roman Shipwrecks – Probing the depths of the Mediterranean Sea, a nuclear submarine locates the remains of trading vessels that sank west of Sicily 2,000 years ago.

Books

The discovery of the Titanic

Return to Titanic : a new look at the world’s most famous lost ship

Titanic : an illustrated history

See everyone on the 8th!

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