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Oceanographer Who Discovered The Titanic Robert Ballard Scheduled to Speak


Robert Ballard

On Thursday, November 10th, SPA’s Lecture Committee brings the oceanographer who discovered the Titanic, Dr. Robert Ballard to the Eisenhower Auditorium at 8PM as part of it’s Distinguished Speaker Series. Free tickets for this event from SPA’s Lecture Committee will be distributed to the Penn State student body on October 27th with a valid PSU photo ID, and to the general public on November 3rd. The tickets will be available at the Bryce Jordan Center, the HUB Ticket Center, Eisenhower Auditorium and Penn State Tickets Downtown.

Dr. Robert Ballard has made a distinguished name for himself for many years with his hard work and dedication to marine discoveries. He is easily best known for the discovery of the Titanic in 1985. In August of 1985, Ballard joined forces with a French-American expedition to find the sunken ship. After almost a month of finding no remains of the ship, they finally found something. The Titanic’s massive boiler, then pieces of hull plating, portholes, and a railing turned on its side all were found on the ocean floor on an early September morning.

While being a well-known oceanographer, Dr. Robert Ballard is also a full-time faculty member of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, acts as the President of the Institute of Exploration at Mystic Aquarium, and Director of the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island. Throughout his career he has conducted more than one-hundred deep sea explorations. In addition, Ballard created the JASON project, which is an educational program designed to give students insight to a pursing learning in science, math, and technology through exploration and discovery.

Dr. Robert Ballard is also a published writer and has been seen in a few television programs. He has published eighteen books, numerous scientific papers and a dozen articles in National Geographic magazine. Ballard also has been featured in several National Geographic television programs, including the record-breaking Secrets of the Titanic.