List of Famous Ufologists

List of famous ufologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top ufologists in the world? This includes the most prominent ufologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable ufologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic ufologists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned ufologists.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known ufologists to the lesser known ufologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the ufologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous ufologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous ufologists?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}

  • George Adamski (17 April 1891 – 23 April 1965) was a Polish American citizen and author who became widely known in ufology circles, and to some degree in popular culture, after he claimed to have photographed spaceships from other planets, met with friendly Nordic alien Space Brothers, and to have taken flights with them to the Moon and other planets.He was the first, and most famous, of the so-called contactees of the 1950s. Adamski called himself a "philosopher, teacher, student and saucer researcher", although most investigators concluded his claims were an elaborate hoax, and that Adamski himself was a con artist.Adamski authored three books describing his meetings with Nordic aliens ...more
  • J. Allen Hynek
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    Josef Allen Hynek (May 1, 1910 – April 27, 1986) was an American astronomer, professor, and ufologist. He is perhaps best remembered for his UFO research. Hynek acted as scientific advisor to UFO studies undertaken by the U.S. Air Force under three consecutive projects: Project Sign (1947–1949), Project Grudge (1949–1952), and Project Blue Book (1952–1969). In later years he conducted his own independent UFO research, developing the "Close Encounter" classification system. He was among the first people to conduct scientific analysis of reports and especially of trace evidence purportedly left by UFOs.
  • Budd Hopkins
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    Budd Hopkins

    Elliot Budd Hopkins (June 15, 1931 – August 21, 2011) was an American painter, sculptor, and prominent figure in alien abduction phenomena and related UFO research.
  • W. Raymond Drake

    W. Raymond Drake, a British disciple of Charles Fort, published nine books on the ancient astronaut theme, the first four years earlier than Erich Von Däniken's bestseller Chariots of the Gods. Many writers on flying saucers in the mid-1950s, such as Desmond Leslie, George Hunt Williamson, Daniel Fry and Morris K. Jessup also developed ancient astronaut themes, including "proofs" that many ancient civilizations were colonies of extraterrestrials who eventually lost their technological secrets and became indistinguishable from humans, and/or that many other ancient civilizations were the result of human contact with aliens. Drake spent many years digging through huge archives of material, ...more
  • James E. McDonald
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    James Edward McDonald (May 7, 1920 – June 13, 1971) was an American physicist. He is best known for his research regarding UFOs. McDonald was senior physicist at the Institute for Atmospheric Physics and professor in the Department of Meteorology, University of Arizona, Tucson. McDonald campaigned in support of expanding UFO studies during the mid and late 1960s, arguing that UFOs represented an important unsolved mystery which had not been adequately studied by science. He was one of the more prominent figures of his time who argued in favor of the extraterrestrial hypothesis as a plausible, but not completely proved, model of UFO phenomena. McDonald interviewed over 500 UFO witnesses, ...more
  • Jacques Vallée
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    Jacques Fabrice Vallée (French: [vale]; born September 24, 1939) is a computer scientist, venture capitalist, author, ufologist and astronomer currently residing in San Francisco, California. In mainstream science, he began his professional life as an astronomer at the Paris Observatory. Vallée 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 under Douglas Engelbart. Vallée is also an important figure in the study of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), first noted for a defense of the scientific ...more