Dr. Peter A. Sturrock

Peter Andrew Sturrock is a British scientist, an emeritus professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University. Much of Sturrock's career has been devoted to astrophysics, plasma physics, and solar physics, but Sturrock is also interested in other fields, including ufology, the history of science, and the philosophy of science.

Sturrock's interest traces back to the early 1970s when, seeking someone experienced with both computers and astrophysics, he hired Jacques Vallee for a research project. Upon learning that Vallee had written several books about UFOs, his interest was piqued by Vallee's books. Sturrock then turned to the Condon Report (1969), the result of a two-year UFO research project that had been touted as the answer to the UFO question. Sturrock commented that, "The upshot of this was that, far from supporting Condon's conclusions [that there was nothing extraordinary about UFOs], I thought the evidence presented in the report suggested that something was going on that needed study."

In 1975, Sturrock did a comprehensive survey of members of the American Astronomical Society. Of some 2600 questionnaires, over 1300 were returned. Only two members offered to waive anonymity, and Sturrock noted that the UFO subject was obviously a very sensitive one for most colleagues. Nonetheless, Sturrock found a strong majority favored continued scientific studies, and over 80% offered to help if they could.

He helped establish the Society for Scientific Exploration in 1982 to give a scientific forum to subjects that are neglected by the mainstream. Their publication, the Journal of Scientific Exploration, has been published since 1987.

In 1998, Sturrock organized a scientific panel to review various types of physical evidence associated with UFOs. The panel deemed extremely puzzling UFO cases worthy of further scientific study. Sturrock wrote up the work of the panel in the book The UFO Enigma: A New Review of the Physical Evidence.