Jacques Vallée is a computer scientist, astronomer, author and ufologist. He co-developed the first computerized map of Mars for NASA in 1963. He later worked on the network information center for the ARPANET, a precursor to the modern Internet, as a staff engineer of SRI International's Augmentation Research Center.
Vallée worked as a systems analyst at Northwestern University
and did ufological research with his mentor, Dr. Allen Hynek,
the chair of the University's astronomy department. He also worked
at applied physicist Peter Sturrock's Plasma
Research Institute. Upon learning that Vallée had written
several books about UFOs, Sturrock perused Vallée's work,
prompting his own research in the subject.
Vallée has also served on the National Advisory Committee of the University of Michigan College of Engineering and was involved in early work on artificial intelligence.
Vallée serves on the Executive Advisory Committee of NARCAP (National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena, USA).
In May 1955, Vallée sighted an unidentified flying object over his home. In 1961, while working on the staff of the French Space Committee, he witnessed the destruction of the tracking tapes of an unknown object orbiting the earth. A superior came and erased the tape. These events contributed to Vallée's long-standing interest in the UFO phenomenon. Vallée began to correspond with Aimé Michel (who would become a lifelong mentor and research collaborator) in 1958.
Vallée publicly stated that the ETH (Extraterrestrial Hypothes) was too narrow and ignored too much data. He began exploring the links between UFOs, cults, religious movements, demons, angels, ghosts, cryptid sightings, and psychic phenomena. Speculation about these potential links were first detailed in Vallée's third UFO book, Passport to Magonia: From Folklore to Flying Saucers His opposition to the ETH theory is summarised in his paper, "Five Arguments Against the Extraterrestrial Origin of Unidentified Flying Objects", Journal of Scientific Exploration, 1990.
As an alternative to the extraterrestrial visitation hypothesis, Vallée has suggested a multidimensional visitation hypothesis, an extension of the ETH, where the extraterrestrials could be potentially from anywhere. The entities could be multidimensional beyond space-time, and thus could coexist with humans, yet remain undetected.
Vallée was intermittently consulted on classified remote viewing research throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including the CIA's Stargate Project with Harold E. Puthoff and Russell Targ.