Dr. Robert D. Ballard, Deep Sea Explorer of Titanic, to Present Schooler Lecture

April 06, 2010

Dr. Robert D. Ballard, world-renowned marine scientist who has joined numerous expeditions, most notably, the discovery of the R.M.S. Titanic, will present the Schooler Lecture at Mount Union College's Timken Building on Thursday, April 1 at 8 p.m.

Dr. Robert D. Ballard

Ballard is president of the Institute for Exploration, former senior scientist in the Department of Applied Physics and Engineering at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and founding chairman of the JASON Foundation for Education.

Ballard received his undergraduate degree in geology and chemistry from the University of California. While doing postgraduate work in marine geology at the University of Hawaii he worked as a trainer at a nearby marine park. In 1967, he entered the U.S. Navy and was assigned to the Deep Submergence Laboratory at Woods Hole, where he remained until 1997. He earned his PhD in marine geophysics from the University of Rhode Island.

He has led or participated in over 65 underwater expeditions, some of the involving the use of deep-diving submersibles. In 1973 and 1974, he explored the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a huge underwater mountain range in the middle of Atlantic Ocean.

In 1985, Dr. Ballad and his research team made their most famous discovery, the wreck of the R.M.S. Titanic. He and his colleagues designed a robot, the Jason Jr., to enter the Titanic and photograph its interior. As a result of this successful venture, Dr. Ballard planned the JASON Project so that thousands of students could share the excitement of live exploration. The JASON Project takes its name from the Greek hero Jason, who in mythology was the first great explorer to sail the seas.

Ballard was also involved in the discovery of the German battleship Bismarck and World War II's "lost fleet" of Guadalcanal. He also found the remains of the patrol torpedo boat that John F. Kennedy commanded in World War II and the American aircraft carrier Yorktown, sunk during the Battle of Midway.

He is the author of "Exploring Our Living Planet," "The Discovery of the Titanic," "Discovery of the Bismarck," "The Children's Explorer pop-Up Book," and the science fiction novel "Bright Shark."

For ticket information, call (330) 829-8169.

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