URI Professor Awarded National Honor

Apr 24, 2014

One of the University of Rhode Island’s most famous professors is receiving a national honor.  Robert Ballard will be inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Robert Ballard at the office of Naval Research.
Credit U.S. Navy

Oceanography professor Robert Ballard first came to international prominence when discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.  Ballard received his doctorate from URI in 1974, and joined the School of Oceanography in the mid-2000’s.  He now heads the Institute for Archaeological Oceanography.

Ballard will be inducted into the Academy of Arts and Sciences later this year, other inductees include actor Al Pacino, writer Annie Proulx, and former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

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