Robert Ballard

1942 - Today

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Robert Duane Ballard (born June 30, 1942) is an American retired 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 best 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Ballard has received more than 1,408,406 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Robert Ballard is the 27th most popular archaeologist (down from 25th in 2019), the 2,108th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,172nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Archaeologist.

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Among archaeologists, Robert Ballard ranks 27 out of 104Before him are Leo Frobenius, Bogdan Filov, Alcide d'Orbigny, Paul Pelliot, Leonard Woolley, and Othniel Charles Marsh. After him are Ami Boué, Wilhelm Dörpfeld, George Gaylord Simpson, André Leroi-Gourhan, John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, and Max Mallowan.

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Among people born in 1942, Robert Ballard ranks 150Before him are Étienne Balibar, Vasily Alekseyev, Michel Kafando, Michel Fourniret, Nicole Fontaine, and Sigfried Held. After him are Rei Kawakubo, Silvia Federici, Fatma Girik, Karen Uhlenbeck, Bill Conti, and Jean-Pierre Jabouille.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Ballard ranks 2,108 out of 18,182Before him are Paul Michael Glaser (1943), John Philip Sousa (1854), Joe Pantoliano (1951), Jeffrey C. Hall (1945), Sheldon Adelson (1933), and Jon Kabat-Zinn (1944). After him are Merce Cunningham (1919), Steve Morse (1954), Charles M. Rice (1952), Frank Bunker Gilbreth Sr. (1868), Leonard Kleinrock (1934), and Karl Guthe Jansky (1905).

Among ARCHAEOLOGISTS In United States

Among archaeologists born in United States, Robert Ballard ranks 3Before him are Edward Drinker Cope (1840) and Othniel Charles Marsh (1831). After him are George Gaylord Simpson (1902), James Henry Breasted (1865), Edward Robinson (1794), Donald Johanson (1943), Sylvanus Morley (1883), Lewis Binford (1932), Michael D. Coe (1929), Carl Blegen (1887), and Robert John Braidwood (1907).