Robert Ballard is one of the best known deep-sea explorers. He is known for discoveries of hydrothermal vents, the sunken R.M.S. Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck, and other shipwrecks around the world. He is a pioneer in the early use of deep-diving submarines. His new high-tech Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island links scientists all over the world and makes it possible to identify new discoveries in real-time.
When he was a child:
"I was a very active kid with lots of interests including sports (football, basketball, and tennis), scouting (Cub Scouts, Boys Scouts, and Explorer Scouts), YMCA Club, fishing, and studies."
“Never get into the thick of thin things."
JOB: Marine geologist, deep-sea explorer, and NG Explorer-in-Residence.
WHAT HE DOES: Uses new technologies to explore the deep ocean.
FAVORITE PASTIME AS A KID: Sports, scouts, fishing, and studying.
HERO: Captain Nemo [from the book, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne] and his submarine the Nautilus.
TYPICAL DAY: Working with staff across New England via the Internet, or traveling on the E/V NAUTILUS ship or raising funds to support my work.
FOR FUN: Traveling to the Bahamas, Jackson Hole, and Block Island.
FAVORITE PLACE TO EXPLORE: Bora Bora [in French Polynesia].
BEST ADVICE: Follow your dreams and don’t let anyone talk you out of them.
TRAVEL GEAR: Sudoku [puzzles].