TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic, Dr. Robert Ballard has tracked down numerous other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown and John F. Kennedy’s boat, PT-109.
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the internationally renowned oceanographer and explorer is coming to The University of Alabama to speak about his deep-sea discoveries.
His lecture, “Eternal Darkness,” begins at 7 p.m. in Sellers Auditorium at the Bryant Conference Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission.
Tickets for the lecture can be reserved at ua.tix.com.
Though Ballard’s shipwreck explorations have captured the imagination of the public, Ballard believes his most important discoveries were of hydrothermal vents and their exotic life forms in the Galapagos Rift and East Pacific Rise in 1977 and 1979.
In addition to being a National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence and a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, Ballard is the president of the Ocean Exploration Trust.
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