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Title:
Robert Ballard : oceanographer who discovered the Titanic
Author:
Hill, Christine M.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Summary:
A biography which covers the life and professional work of the man whose numerous missions to study the ocean floor led to the discovery of the wreck of the Titanic.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.2 3.0 31447.
ISBN:
9780766011472
Format :
Book

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-- Describes the lives and achievements of influential 20th-century American personalities.
-- Appealing biographies of famous men and women written for teens.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-9. With interest in the Titanic still to crest, this new biography from the People to Know series will be a valuable source for those who want to know more about the man whose successful underwater expedition finally found the ship's wreckage in 1985. Chapters on Ballard's childhood, his graduate work on continental drifts, and his family life are covered quickly and succinctly, leaving the focus on the Titanic itself. Wisely, the author does not limit details about the ship to Ballard's undersea discoveries but dedicates some chapters to flashbacks to 1912, including emotionally charged personal accounts from a handful of survivors. Technical information about Ballard's underwater vessels will be more vivid to readers who have seen James Cameron's film, which is also mentioned briefly. A chronology, glossary, and meticulous endnotes add to the strength of this fine work. --Roger Leslie


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-A lively look at one of the world's best-known oceanographers. While Ballard is most famous for the discovery and exploration of the Titanic wreckage, his career has included work on exploratory undersea vehicles, marine-biology research, and ocean-floor geology. Hill's account is presented in an entertaining manner that portrays Ballard as an explorer and a historian as well as a scientist. She has included enough information about the doomed ocean liner to make the book appealing to Titanic buffs. The illustrations include pertinent black-and-white photographs as well as diagrams. This well-written title is a valuable companion volume to Ballard's autobiography, Explorations: My Quest for Adventure and Discovery under the Sea (Hyperion, 1995).-Elizabeth Stumpf, Clearfield Middle School, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.