Titanic Discoverer Robert Ballard Will Be Featured at Museum Gala

Palm Beach, FL – Famed oceanographer and explorer Dr. Robert Ballard will be the featured speaker at the South Florida Science Museum’s Gala, “What Lies Beneath: An Evening of Nautical Mystery and Adventure” on March 30, 2012, at The Breakers, Palm Beach.

The benefit will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and special presentation by Ballard, who will discuss undersea explorations and his discovery of the RMS Titanic.

Dr. Robert Ballard

Tickets are $500 per person, and sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, call Marcy Hoffman at (561) 370-7738, or e-mail

Ballard has conducted more than 100 deep-sea expeditions and is best known for his historic discovery of the RMS Titanic, lost in the North Atlantic, 12,000 feet below the sea. A pioneer in the early use of deep-diving submarines, Ballard was on the first manned expedition of the largest mountain range on Earth, the Mid-Ocean Ridge. Later, he led an expedition off the Galapagos Islands that discovered new life forms on Earth, a discovery that has revolutionized our understanding of the origin of life on our planet and increased the likelihood of discovering life elsewhere in the solar system.

He has also discovered lost legends in the sea including the German battleship Bismarck, the aircraft carrier Yorktown, lost during the Battle of Midway, and President Kennedy’s PT-109.

Dr. Ballard has received numerous awards, including the Explorers Medal, the Lindbergh Award and the Hubbard Medal of the National Geographic Society. In 2003, he was awarded the National Endowment for the Humanities Medal in a ceremony at the White House.

His books on his discovery of the Titanic and Bismarck were both No. 1 Best Sellers on the New York Times and London Times lists, and his recent “Return to Titanic” special on the National Geographic Channel was the highest rated show in their history.

Honorary chairs for the 2012 Gala are Frances Fisher, Matthew Lorentzen and John Niblack. Chairmen are Liz and Matthew Fifield, Allison and Stuart Haft, Afsy and Carter Pottash and Heath Randolph. Sponsors for the event include Betteridge and Saks Fifth Avenue Palm Beach.

The South Florida Science Museum is a non-profit organization founded in 1961 by the Junior League of the Palm Beaches. It features more than 50 hands-on exhibits, a digital planetarium, freshwater and saltwater aquariums, as well as natural history exhibitions. Each year the museum welcomes more than 125,000 visitors and reaches more than 55,000 students through workshops at the museum and outreach programs in local schools.

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