Robert Ballard: Wiki, Bio, Ethnicity, Net Worth, Age, Wife & more (2023)

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Who is Robert Ballard?

Robert Duane Ballard, an American retired Navy officer and professor of oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, was born on June 30, 1942. He is most known for his work in underwater archaeology, including maritime archaeology and shipwreck archaeology. The wrecks of the RMS Titanic, the battleship Bismarck, and the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown were discovered by him in 1985, 1989, and 1998, respectively. In 2002, he located the PT-109 of John F. Kennedy’s and went to see Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana, the men who managed to save the crew.

Wikipedia Profile

Full NameRobert Duane Ballard
Known AsRobert
Date of Birth June 30, 1942
Age81 years (As of 2023)
Birth PlaceWichita, Kansas, U.S
ProfessionRetired Navy Officer & Professor of Oceanography
EthnicityAmerican White
Current LocationUSA
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What is the Ethnicity of Robert Ballard? His ethnicity is American White.


What is the age of Robert Ballard? His current age is 81 years (As of 2023).

Educational Career

SchoolLocal High School
Alma MaterUniversity of California, Santa Barbara; University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa; University of Southern California;
University of Rhode Island
Highest QualificationPhD in Marine Geology and Geophysics
Robert Ballard Educational Career

Professional Career

Ballard enlisted in the American Army in 1965 under the Reserve Officers Training programme of the Army. He first got a commission in the Army Reserve as a second lieutenant and was classified as an intelligence officer. He requested to complete his time in the US Navy when he was called to active duty in 1967. His application was granted, and he was put on the reserve active duty list and moved to the Navy Reserve. He returned to reserve status in 1970 after serving out his term of active service, staying there for the majority of his military career, only being called up for special assignments and required training. After serving the required number of years, he left the Navy as a commander in 1995.

Ballard made his first submersible dive in the Ben Franklin (PX-15) in 1969 while on an expedition with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution off the coast of Florida. For his doctoral dissertation, he started a field mapping expedition in the Gulf of Maine in the summer of 1970. It used the submersible Alvin to locate and recover a sample from the bedrock and an air gun that fired sound waves underwater to ascertain the underlying structure of the ocean floor.

Ballard took part in the Phere expedition, a combined French-American search for hydrothermal vents across the Mid-Atlantic Ridge during the summer of 1975, however no active vents were discovered.

Ballard had a lifelong fascination with the water, but it was his work at Woods Hole and his scuba diving adventures off the coast of Massachusetts that first piqued his interest in shipwrecks and their research. In the Navy, he had worked on the creation of small, unmanned submersibles with illumination, cameras, and manipulator arms that could be attached to and operated from surface ships. He had this in mind as a method of looking for the Titanic’s wreck as early as 1973. He conducted his first unsuccessful expedition in 1977.


  • In 1988, he was awarded an honorary degree (Doctor of Science) by the University of Bath.
  • In 1990, he received the American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award.
  • Kilby International Awards recipient in 1994
  • In 1995, he was awarded with the Explorers Club Medal of The Explorers Club.
  • In 1996 the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation awarded Ballard its Lone Sailor Award for his naval service and his work on underwater archaeology.
  • The Caird Medal of the National Maritime Museum in 2002
  • Asteroid 11277 Ballard, discovered by Carolyn and Eugene Shoemaker at Palomar Observatory, was named in his honor in 2002.
  • The National Humanities Medal for 2003

Source: Wikipedia

Height & Weight

Height5 feet 11 inches (approx)
Weight71 kg (approx)
Hair ColorBrown
Eye ColorBlack
Robert Ballard Physical Appearance

What is the height of Robert Ballard? He has an attractive physique and a lovely appearance and has a height of 5 feet 11 inches (approx)and a weight of 71 kg (approx).

Net Worth

What is the Net Worth of Robert Ballard? His net worth is 10M USD (as of 2023).

Family, Marital Status, Wife

Marital StatusMarried (twice)
WifeMarjorie Jacobsen & Barbara Earle
Father / Mother Will Update
Children3 sons and 1 daughter
Robert Ballard Family

Social Media

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Likes & Dislikes

Favourite ActorBruce Willis
Favourite ActressMeryl Streep
Favourite FoodAmerican Cuisine
Favourite Place Switzerland
Favourite ColorYellow
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Who first found the Titanic?

Robert Duane Ballard first found the Titanic.

Who is the wife of Robert Ballard?

Ballard wed Marjorie Jacobsen in 1966, and the two later divorced. In 1991, he wed Barbara Earle again. Ballard has one daughter and three boys.

What is Robert Ballard famous for?

Ballard is best known for his investigations of the Titanic shipwreck.

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