Robert Ballard

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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 most 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 1,285,215 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Robert Ballard is the 25th most popular archaeologist (up from 33rd in 2019), the 2,173rd most popular biography from United States (up from 2,446th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Archaeologist.

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Among archaeologists, Robert Ballard ranks 25 out of 104Before him are Karl Richard Lepsius, Austen Henry Layard, Alcide d'Orbigny, Leo Frobenius, Paul Pelliot, and Othniel Charles Marsh. After him are Ernst Curtius, George Gaylord Simpson, Leonard Woolley, André Leroi-Gourhan, Wilhelm Dörpfeld, and Bogdan Filov.

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Among people born in 1942, Robert Ballard ranks 140Before him are Vladimir Bukovsky, Linda Evans, Vasily Alekseyev, Kang Kek Iew, Andy Summers, and Milan Milutinović. After him are Christine Keeler, Michael Jackson, David Bradley, Rei Kawakubo, Evaristo Carvalho, and Britt Ekland.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert Ballard ranks 2,173 out of 15,968Before him are Cloris Leachman (1926), Michael Spence (1943), Wilford Brimley (1934), Michael Massee (1952), Vera Farmiga (1973), and Merian C. Cooper (1893). After him are Armand Assante (1949), Edwin Howard Armstrong (1890), Fred Durst (1970), Bud Powell (1924), Griffin Dunne (1955), and Henry J. Heinz (1844).

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), Donald Johanson (1943), Edward Robinson (1794), Sylvanus Morley (1883), Robert T. Bakker (1945), Carl Blegen (1887), Lewis Binford (1932), and Michael D. Coe (1929).