Living Legend: John Ballard

  • 05 June 2017 | Ann Kunz

After leaving school in 1957, John Ballard worked in forestry and then proceeded to University for a BSc degree. In 1962 he joined CSIR National Physics laboratory, engaged in physical oceanography off Durban. He transferred to the national Institute for Water Research, doing marine pollution surveys and toxicology.

John joined SAAMBR in 1968 as a Curator, involved in exhibit development, interpretation, husbandry and specimen collecting and water chemistry. At various times, he managed technical matters, safety, diving and boating. He participated in many research cruises and several consultancies.

He represented SAAMBR at five overseas conferences. He was involved in the design and development of uShaka Marine World.  He retired in 2004, but still enjoys working part-time, building equipment, mentoring new staff and assisting where required.

John is presented with his Living Legend award (from left to right: Larry Oellermann, Judy Mann and John Ballard). (Image: Sea World)

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