Who's Who in UFOlogy

  • Jan Aldrich has been working since 1995 in Project 1947, a UFO research project funded by CUFOS, FUFOR, and MUFON. He has visited over 150 libraries, universities, archives, museums, and historical societies in 46 states and Canadian Provinces.
  • Walter Andrus was a founding member of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in 1969 and was the International Director of the MUFON from 1970 to July 16, 2000. He was also on the Board of Directors for the UFO Research Coalition (URC).
  • Don Berliner is a journalist and aviation historian. He wrote several UFO related books, including UFO Briefing Document: The Best Available Evidence and Crash at Corona (about the Roswell crash).
  • Ted Bloecher is an American UFO researcher, charter member and investigator in one of the earliest UFO groups, "Civilian Saucer Intelligence" (CSI). Later on, Bloecher was a NICAP staff member. He is best known for his "Report on the UFO Wave of 1947". Next, he associated himself with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS); he concentrated his efforts on investigation of CE3 reports with David Webb. He also became involved with the abduction phenomenon, working closely with Hopkins and Dr. Aphrodite Clamar, who conducted hypnotic regression. Bloecher retired from active UFO research in the mid-1980's.
  • Gildas Bourdais (France), author, journalist, and ufologist has published several books on his investigative research. He has written articles for the MUFON UFO Journal and for International UFO Reporter, among others. Bourdais is particularly known for his summary of the French "Cometa Report" and his details of the French disclosure measures.
  • Grant Cameron (Canada) became involved in Ufology in May 1975 with personal sightings of a UFO. After writing about it, he researched the work of the late Wilbert B. Smith, who headed up the Canadian government UFO investigation known as Project Magnet which ran from 1950 to 1954. Later on, he researched the involvement and actions of the Presidents of the United States in the UFO problem.
  • Bill Chalker is an Australian UFO researcher. He is a contributing editor for the International UFO Reporter and he was a major contributor to the UFO Investigation Centre (UFOIC). Chalker was the Australian representative for the Aerial Phenomena Research Organisation (APRO) and state representative for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). He has published papers on Australian physical evidence, historical Australian reports, the Royal Australian Air Force and UFOs, Australian "missing time" events and UFO abduction experiences. He was the first civilian researcher to gain direct access to the previously classified army's UFO files at the Directorate of Air Force Intelligence.
  • Jerome Clark has served as a writer, reporter, and editor for a number of magazines which cover UFO's. He is board member of CUFOS. He is the author of The UFO Encyclopedia: The Phenomenon From The Beginning. He has been a member of the board of directors for the Center for UFO Studies.
  • Bill Coleman, retired Air Force Colonel, was the former chief spokesman for Project Blue Book between 1961 and 1963. Had an encounter with a UFO while he piloted a B-25 bomber in 1955.
  • Peter Davenport, director of the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) since 1994. He reports UFO sighting cases regularly on the Jeff Rense Radio Show and gives lectures on specific UFO cases, most notably the Phoenix Lights sighting. He was the founding president of a biotechnology company, which employs over 300 scientists and technicians. In 1986, Davenport was a candidate for the Washington State legislature, and in 1992, he was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • Tom DeLonge established the company To The Stars Academy. Others joined DeLonge's company: Luis Elizondo, Dr. Harold Puthoff, Jim Semivan, Steve Justice, Christopher Mellon, Dr. Paul Rapp, Dr. Norm Kahn, Dr. Colm Kelleher, Dr. Adele Gilpin
  • Richard M. Dolan is the author of UFOs and the National Security State, Vol. I: Chronology of a Cover-Up 1941–1973, and a frequent speaker at UFO conferences.
  • Richard Doty is a retired Special Agent who worked for Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI). He now goes under the name Rick Doty. Doty appeared in the documentary film "Mirage Men", about the US government's cover-ups of alleged UFO cases. Doty claims that he fed disinformation about UFOs in order to keep the public from discovering classified secret projects. He also alleges that the government has had contact with extraterrestrial civilizations and that UFOs are extraterrestrial crafts.
  • Luis Elizondo is a former intelligence officer who resigned in October 2017. He left his job at the Pentagon because he felt the U.S. Department of Defense was not taking military UFO cases seriously enough. He then joined the TTSA, an organization focused on researching the unknown.
  • Stanton Friedman was employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist. He is a lecturer, researcher and writer on UFOs. He has a monthly column in the MUFON Journal. Two of his books are Crash at Corona on Roswell, co-authored by Don Berliner and Top Secret Magic.
  • Christopher "Kit" Green Ph.D., M.D., was the CIA's branch chief for life science in the Office of Scientific Intelligence from 1969 to 1985. In the early 1970s, Dr. Green participated in the forming of a government research project into ESP and psychic abilities; as such, he was involved in the CIA's Remote Viewing program, called "Project Star Gate". Later he was professor of diagnostic radiology and psychiatry at Detroit Medical Center and Assistant Dean at Wayne State School of Medicine, the largest medical school in the USA.
  • Dr. Steven Greer, retired emergency room physician, founded the "Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence" (CSETI) and the "Disclosure Project". Greer interviewed many UFO related people, such as: astronauts Edgar Mitchell and Gordon Cooper, Dr. Robert Wood, Donna Hare, Nick Pope, Dr. Hal Puthoff, John Callahan, Admiral Lord Hill-Norton, Lt. Col. Charles Brown, Maj. George Filer, John Maynard, Capt. Robert Salas, Dr. Robert Jacobs, etc...
  • Dr. Richard Haines has been a NASA research scientist, who worked on the Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs. Haines started the "National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena" (NARCAP), as a confidential reporting place for pilots, crews and air traffic controllers who are otherwise afraid to make UFO reports. He compiled over 3000 cases of UFO visual and radar sightings, known as the AIRCAT files.
  • Paola Harris is an Italo-American photojournalist and investigative reporter in the field of UFO research.
  • Roscoe Hillenkoetter was the first CIA director. He joined the UFO research group National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP). Hillenkoetter wrote angry open letters that urged for open Congressional hearings.
  • Ion Hobana (Romania) was a ufologist. Ion Hobana is a literary pseudonym, the writer's real name being Aurelian Manta Rosie. He wrote several UFO books with Belgian writer / journalist Julien Weverbergh.
  • Milton Hourcade, responsible of the Unusual Aerial Phenomena Study Group.
  • Dr. Allen Hynek was the most famous Ufologist of his day. An astronomer at both Ohio State University and Northwestern, he helped start CUFOS, the Center for UFO Studies. Hynek was a skeptic and debunker of UFOs for the government during the Air Force's Project Blue Book, but gradually he changed his thoughts about the reality of UFOs. He coined the term "Close Encounters of the First, Second, and Third Kind". His writings include The UFO Experience and The Hynek UFO Report.
  • Leslie Kean is an investigative journalist and author of UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record, a New York Times bestseller which includes a foreword by John Podesta and has received endorsements from numerous scientists, such as former White House OSTP Director Neal Lane and physicist Michio Kaku.
  • Philip J. Klass worked for 34 years for Aristian Week and Space Technology magazine. He was best known as a debunker of UFOs. His view on UFO's: "In nearly 30 years of searching, investigating famous UFO cases I have yet to find one that cannot be explained in down-to-Earth prosaic terms".
  • Donald Keyhoe was a U.S. Marine Corps major, best known as a popular writer in magazines and books. His book The Flying Saucers Are Real was a bestseller in the 1950s. Some of his other books are Flying Saucers from Outer Space and Aliens from Space. In 1953 Keyhoe became head of the UFO group NICAP, the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena. He was probably the first noted person to accuse the U.S. government of covering up the secret of UFOs from the American people.
  • Philip J. Klass worked for 34 years for Aristian Week and Space Technology magazine. He was best known as a debunker of UFOs. His view on UFO's: "In nearly 30 years of searching, investigating famous UFO cases I have yet to find one that cannot be explained in down-to-Earth prosaic terms".
  • Bruce Maccabee, retired US Navy optical physicist, has analyzed numerous UFO videos and photos.
  • John Mack was a Pulitzer Prize winning psychiatrist and UFO abduction researcher. He became interested in UFO's and abductions while at Harvard University. His 1994 book Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens caused much controversy. Some tried to get him removed from teaching a Harvard.
  • Claude Maugé (France) published papers in various UFO journals (Inforespace, International UFO Reporter, Magonia, OVNI Présence,...) and in two collective books.
  • Gary McKinnon (UK) hacked into United States military and NASA computers between February 2001 and March 2002, in search of evidence for UFOs. He claimed that he found images and a spreadsheet titled "Non-Terrestrial Officers". If convicted by the USA, McKinnon could receive a 70-year prison term and up to $2 million in fines. In 2012, the UK withdrew its extradition order to the United States and announced that no further legal action will be taken in Britain against McKinnon.
  • Donald Howard Menzel, professor of astronomy at Harvard University, leading UFO skeptic of the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Aimé Michel (France), writer and ufologist, was a member of the editorial board of Lights in the Night (Lumières dans la nuit). In 1958, with the publication of his book about the 1954 wave of UFOs in France Mystérieux Objets Célestes, he devised a theory called orthoténie, that proposed so-called "alignments" of UFO sightings, straight lines centered on the earth.
  • John Podesta was Hillary Clinton's campaign manager and Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Obama. He believes the UFO phenomenon is something very serious and worth investigating. He stated: "Finally, my biggest failure of 2014: once again not securing the disclosure of the UFO files."
  • Dr. Claude Poher, space research engineer from the National Center for Space Studies (CNES), the French equivalent of NASA. He was the founder of GEIPAN (Group for the Study of Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena), an official agency for the study of UFO observation reports.
  • Robert Powell has been the Director of Research at the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) since 2007. He is an active field investigator in the state of Texas having completed over 100 investigations. He is one of two authors of the detailed radar/witness report on the Stephenville Lights. Robert is active with FOIA requests to various government organizations to obtain information on historical cases.
  • Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos (Spain) has been investigating UFO phenomena since 1966. From 1992 to 1999, he supervised the process of declassification of UFO archives from the Spanish Air Force, through an active cooperation with the Intelligence Section of the Air Operative Command. Olmos is the author of over 300 publications, essays, articles, case inquiries, bibliographies, book reviews and technical reports. He is a member, representative, adviser and consultant to some of the most important UFO societies in the world, including MUFON, CUFOS, and NARCAP.
  • Jean-Pierre Petit (France), scientist, senior researcher at National Center for Scientific Research CNRS as an astrophysicist. He co-founded the "Ufo-Science" non-profit organization. He is favorable to the extraterrestrial hypothesis explaining some UFO cases, and the conspiracy theory about a cover-up from the armed forces. His books include Enquête sur les ovnis - Voyage aux frontiéres de la science, OVNIS et armes secrètes américaines and OVNIS et science: les aventuriers de la recherche.
  • Nick Pope is a British journalist and media commentator, best known for a role he undertook for the British Government from 1991 to 1994 which involved investigating reports of UFO sightings. His government background and his level-headed views have made him the media, film and TV industry's go-to guy when it comes to UFOs.
  • Hector Quintanilla, a Major in the USAF, was the last one to head Project Blue Book. Dr. Allen Hynek wrote that during Quintanilla's time as Blue Book's director, "the flag of the utter nonsense school was flying at its highest on the mast". Dr. James McDonald flatly declared that Quintanilla was "not competent" from either a scientific or an investigative perspective.
  • Kevin Randle is an investigator of the Roswell UFO Incident. He was captain in the US Air Force Reserves.
  • Jenny Randles, British author and former director of investigations with the British UFO Research Association (BUFORA).
  • Nick Redfern, British ufologist. He is an active advocate of official government disclosure of UFO information, and has worked to uncover thousands of pages of previously classified Royal Air Force, Air Ministry and Ministry of Defence files on UFO's.
  • Edward Ruppelt, Air Force captain who supervised Project Blue Book, the Air Force's official study of the UFO phenomenon in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Mark Rodeghier, Ph.D., is the scientific director and president of the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies, a position he has held since 1986. He has done UFO research in the of areas of vehicle interference cases, abduction cases, especially the psychology and sociology of abduction experiencers, physical trace events, scientists' beliefs about the UFO phenomenon, and the Roswell crash. He is the associate editor of the Journal of UFO Studies and a consulting editor of the Journal of Scientific Exploration.
  • Chris Rutkowski is a writer and editor for science and technology publications, he also writes about his investigations and research into UFO cases. He publishes, along with Geoff Dittman, The Canadian UFO Survey, an annual compilation of UFO reports from across Canada. He has several published and co-authored books, including: Visitations, Unnatural History, Mysterious Manitoba, Abductions and Aliens, The Canadian UFO Report, and A World of UFOs. Rutkowski also has contributed chapters to many anthologies such as Phenomenon and Frontiers of Reality and UFO 1947-1997, a 50th anniversary collection of UFO cases. He is a contributing editor of International UFO Reporter.
  • Carl Sagan is a Cornell educated astronomer. He was the great popularizer of astronomy in the 1970s and 1980s. He always expressed skepticism of UFO's, saying "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence".
  • Wilbert Smith was superintendent of Radio Regulations Engineering with the Department of Transport, responsible for the engineering aspects of all matters concerning the use of radio in Canada. He took a great interest in investigating UFO's. Smith's curiosity was responsible for the official Project Magnet, dealing with UFO sighting analysis; it was launched in November 1950. Smith was also working on the development of an anti-gravity device and believed himself to be on the verge of an important breakthrough, just prior to his death.
  • Leonard Stringfield was an American ufologist who took particular interest in crashed UFO's. He was director of Civilian Research, Interplanetary Flying Objects (CRIFO), and published a monthly newsletter, ORBIT. In 1957 he became public relations adviser for the UFO group NICAP. From 1967 to 1969, Stringfield served as an "early warning coordinator" for the Condon Committee. During the 1970s, he wrote a number of books about alleged recoveries of alien spaceships and alien bodies. His book Situation Red: The UFO Siege was published in 1977.
  • Dr. Peter Sturrock is an emeritus professor of applied physics at Stanford University. Much of his career has been devoted to astrophysics, plasma physics, and solar physics, but Sturrock is also interested in ufology. He wrote the book The UFO Enigma: A New Review of the Physical Evidence.
  • Jacques Vallée is a computer scientist. In the early 1960s he was associated with Dr. J. Allen Hynek. Vallée's Anatomy of a Phenomenon was one of the first pro-UFO books by a real scientist. His other books include The Invisible College, Messengers of Deception, and Confrontations: A Scientist's Search for Alien Contact.
  • Walter Webb retired from Charles Hayden Planetarium, Boston, where he spent 32 years as senior lecturer, assistant director, and operations manager. He was the astronomy consultant of four UFO investigation associations and member of MUFON and CUFOS. As of 1995, a coalition of the three major UFO groups in the U.S. hired him as its chief consultant.
  • Jennie Zeidman, CUFOS board member, author and co-author of several UFO related books. Worked closely with Dr. Allen Hynek for many years, first as a student assistant and later as a UFO investigator. Famous for her in-depth investigation of the Coyne helicopter case.
  • Fabio Zerpa, Argentinian ufologist. He started to give his first conferences at the beginning of the 1960s. In 1966, he created the radio program Mas alla de la cuarta dimension (Beyond the Fourth Dimension). Since then, Fabio Zerpa has reported on more than 3000 cases of UFO sightings.
  • Chuck Zukowski, UFO investigator, has an association with MUFON "Mutual UFO Network". He hosts the website UFOnut and appeared on lectures and radio and TV shows.