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Robert Ballard

Autor(a) de Finding the Titanic

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About the Author

Robert Ballard was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1942, and was educated at the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Hawaii, the University of Southern California, and the University of Rhode Island, where he received his Ph.D. in 1974. Part explorer, part geologist, part mostrar mais oceanographer, and part marine engineer, Ballard has worked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Falmouth, Massachusetts, since 1969. He is currently director of the Center for Marine Exploration there. Ballard is perhaps best known to the general public in connection to the luxury liner Titanic. Ballard organized and participated in the expedition that discovered the ship in 1985. More important, however, is his work in designing underwater survey vehicles and in participating in dives to explore the ocean floor. His work in marine design and engineering, in particular, has led to a dramatic increase in the scope of deep-sea exploration. In the 1960s, Ballard helped develop the Alvin, a deep-sea, three-man submersible equipped with a remote controlled mechanical arm for collecting specimens from the ocean floor. The device played an important role in mid-ocean studies, including exploration of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and dives to the Cayman Trough, a 24,000-foot-deep gash in the ocean floor south of Cuba. Ballard was part of the Galapagos Hydrothermal Expedition in 1977, which discovered and investigated deep-sea thermal vents spouting mineral-rich water from volcanic cracks in the Earth's crust. In the 1980s, Ballard helped develop the Argo-Jason unmanned submersible system, the most advanced craft of its kind. Argo is a 16-foot submersible vehicle and Jason is a self-propelled robot tethered to Argo. The search for the Titanic was undertaken as a test of the Argo-Jason system; the success of the expedition demonstrated its capabilities and, according to Ballard, "ushered in a new era of undersea exploration." The author of several bestselling books on deep-sea exploration, Ballard also contributes regularly to National Geographic and other magazines and he has produced several videotapes of deep-sea expeditions. His reputation as a "science populizer" has prompted harsh criticism from some of his scientific colleagues. In 1985, Ballard was one of four scientists awarded a Secretary of the Navy Research Chair in Oceanography, an award that carries with it an $800,000 grant for oceanographic research. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Robert Ballard

Finding the Titanic (1993) 1,479 cópias
The Discovery of the Titanic (1987) 865 cópias
Discovery of the Bismarck (1990) 267 cópias
Return to Midway (1999) 194 cópias
Exploring Our Living Planet (1983) 161 cópias
The Eternal Darkness (2000) 99 cópias
Bright Shark (1992) 97 cópias
Return to Titanic (2004) 76 cópias
Explorer: A Pop-Up Book (1992) 48 cópias
Robert Ballard's Bismarck (2007) 41 cópias
Secrets of the Titanic [1986 TV episode] (1986) — Diretor — 28 cópias
Robert Ballard's Guadalcanal (2007) 15 cópias
Archaeological Oceanography (2008) 8 cópias
National Geographic - Legendary Shipwrecks (2003) — Diretor — 2 cópias
Titanic - de sista bilderna (2009) 1 exemplar(es)
Riddle of the Lusitania 1 exemplar(es)
The Bismarck Found 1 exemplar(es)
Alexis Rockman: Oceanus (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
Mysteriet Titanic (1989) 1 exemplar(es)
Slaget ved Midway (1999) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Titanic: An Illustrated History (1992) — Introdução, algumas edições705 cópias
The Ocean Realm (1978) 160 cópias
National Geographic, Vol. 170, No. 6, December 1986 (1986) — Contribuinte — 38 cópias
National Geographic, Vol. 168, No. 6, December 1985 (1985) — Contribuinte — 33 cópias
National Geographic Magazine 1989 v176 #5 November (1989) — Contribuinte — 31 cópias
National Geographic Magazine 1985 v167 #4 April (1985) — Contribuinte — 24 cópias
National Geographic Magazine 1987 v172 #4 October (1987) — Contribuinte — 23 cópias


Conhecimento Comum




3.5 stars

Robert Ballard was a scientist who wanted to explore the ocean in hopes of finding the Titanic wreckage. This tells of his journey to do so (he was part of the first team to discover where it was on the ocean floor in 1985), as he created some of the video technology to do that.

This was mostly good. There were a few parts that got bogged down in detail explaining the technology or what was working (or not) that was, at times, a bit too much for me. As with many nonfiction books, it was a slow read, but overall, I still liked it. It was unfortunate that, in finding the wreckage, others followed suit and “raided” the site. Ballard had hoped that everything would remain there in its own graveyard, but of course, that didn’t happen, in the end. At the time, he was surprised at how much interest there still was in the Titanic. I did like how he would sometimes explain what they were seeing as they explored, then tie it to the real people and/or happenings on the ship in 1912. There were some amazing (colour) photographs in the book, as well – pictures of what he saw when he was underwater looking at the Titanic.… (mais)
LibraryCin | outras 8 resenhas | Sep 10, 2023 |
I found this used after reading "Dead Wake" and noting it in Larson's bibliography. It is a nice pictorial companion to that book. The Goodreads database says there is no hardcover version of this book, but that is what I have.
markm2315 | outras 5 resenhas | Jul 1, 2023 |
Perhaps one of my all time favorite childhood books. I was and always have been so fascinated by shipwrecks. This book does an amazing job at diving into the stories behind not just the sinking, but what lead up to them and the state of the world at the time. I am still amazed at how well presented this book is to the point that even as an adult I still look at my copy every once and a while after all these years.
Ibuddy66 | outras 4 resenhas | Jun 22, 2023 |
This is Dr. Robert Ballard's account of how he discovered the Titanic lying on the bottom of the sea after 73 years without being found, It is insightful, informative and fascinating to read as he explains the triumphs and frustrations associated with his determination to find answers as to what happened to the great ship. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a glimpse into this historic event.
Lcmcsr | outras 8 resenhas | May 30, 2023 |



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