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Dr. Hal Puthoff
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Harold E. Puthoff, Ph.D; CEO, Physicst
Dr. Harold E. Puthoff is Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin. His present research interests range from theoretical studies concerning gravitation, inertia, cosmology and energy research, to laboratory studies of innovative approaches to energy generation and space propulsion.
A graduate of Stanford University in 1967, Dr. Puthoff's professional background spans more than four decades of research at General Electric, Sperry, the National Security Agency, Stanford University, SRI International, and, since 1985, as Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin. He has published numerous papers on electron-beam devices, lasers and quantum zero-point-energy effects, has patents issued in the laser, communications, and energy fields, and is co-author of a textbook Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics (Wiley, 1969). His awards and honors include a DoD Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Performance. 

Puthoff regularly serves various corporations, government agencies, the Executive Branch and Congress as consultant on leading-edge technologies and future technology trends; is a member and officer of several professional organizations; is listed in American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in the World; and has been designated a Fetzer Fellow (1991).


Harold E. Puthoff

Harold E. Puthoff, Ph.D., (born 20 June 1936) is an American physicist who, earlier in his career was involved in research on paranormal topics. In 1967, Puthoff earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University.[citation needed] Puthoff is well known within gravitational physics circles[who?] for his papers on polarizable vacuum (PV) and stochastic electrodynamics topics, which are examples of alternative approaches to general relativity and quantum mechanics. In the 70s and 80s he directed a CIA/DIA-funded program at SRI International to investigate paranormal abilities, collaborating with Russell Targ in a study of the alleged psychic abilities of Uri Geller, Ingo Swann, Pat Price, Joseph McMoneagle and others. Both Puthoff and Russell Targ became convinced Geller and Swann had genuine psychic powers. More conventional explanations for the alleged abilities have also been advanced.

Puthoff has invented and worked with tunable lasers and electron beam devices, concerning which he holds patents, and he is co-author (with R. Pantell) of Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics (Wiley, 1969), published in English, French and Russian.

Secret government work

Puthoff was once a United States Navy officer who was assigned to the National Security Agency (NSA), later becoming a civilian employee. Following a sabbatical at Stanford University to obtain his Ph.D., he joined SRI International where in 1972, together with Russell Targ, he founded a then-highly-classified, now-highly-publicised "remote viewing" program, originally called Project SCANATE, finally STAR GATE, which was funded over its two-decade-plus history by the CIA, DIA, and various military organizations.

Puthoff has held high-level security clearances with the United States government.

Ventures in Austin

In 1985, Puthoff founded a for-profit company, EarthTech International in Austin, TX. At about the same time, he founded an academically-oriented scientific research organization, Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin (IASA), also in Austin, TX, where he is Director. Independent of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, IASA pursues more focused research on topics specifically related to energy generation and space propulsion, with funding from anonymous donors.


Puthoff joined the Church of Scientology in the late 1960s and reached the top OT VII level by 1971. Puthoff wrote up his "wins" for a Scientology publication, claiming to have achieved "remote viewing" abilities. In 1974, Puthoff also wrote a piece for Scientology's Celebrity magazine, stating that Scientology had given him "a feeling of absolute fearlessness". Puthoff severed all connection with Scientology in the late '70's.


  1. Mind-Reach: Scientists Look at Psychic Abilities by Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff, Hampton Roads Publishing Co., 2005.
  2. Marks, D.F. & Kammann, R. (1980). "The Psychology of the Psychic". Buffalo, New York: Prometheus Books.
  3. CIA-Initiated Remote Viewing At Stanford Research Institute by Harold E. Puthoff, Ph.D.
  4. Puthoff, Hal, Success Story, Scientology Advanced Org Los Angeles (AOLA) special publication, 1971.
  5. Celebrity magazine, Minor Issue 9, February 1974
  6. Harold Puthoff, "Harold Puthoff Responds on Zero-Point Energy," Skeptical Inquirer, Sept./Oct.1998.
  7. Pantell, Richard H. and Puthoff, H. E. (1969). Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics. New York: Wiley. ISBN 0-471-65790-5.
  8. H. E. Puthoff, CIA-Initiated Remote Viewing At Stanford Research Institute, 1996, from Biomind Superpowers, the website of Ingo Swann, also said to be an ex-employee of Project SCANATE.
  9. Puthoff, H. E.. "Searching for the Universal Matrix in Metaphysics". Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology 2: 22.
  10. Puthoff, H. E. (2002). "Polarizable Vacuum (PV) Approach to General Relativity". Foundations of Physics 32: 927–943. doi:10.1023/A:1016011413407.arXiv eprint
  11. Puthoff, H. E.; Little, S. R.; and Ibison, M. (2002). "Engineering the Zero-Point Field and Polarizable Vacuum for Interstellar Flight". J. British Interplanetary Society 55: 137–144.
  12. Randi, James (1982). Flim-Flam! : Psychics, ESP, unicorns and other Delusions. New York: Prometheus Books, 131-160. ISBN 0-87975-198-3.
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Other members of the UFO Working Group included former CIA scientist Dr. Christopher "Kit" Green (Blue Jay); USAF Colonel Ron Blackburn, former microwave scientist and specialist at Kirkland Air Force Base; Dr. Hal Puthoff (Owl), former member of the NSA and one of the original researchers who developed the protocols for remote viewing with Ingo Swann; Dr Jack Verona (RAVEN), one of the Department of Defense initiators of the DlA's Sleeping Beauty project which aimed to achieve battlefield superiority using mind-altering electromagnetic weaponry; Ronald Pandolfi (Pelican), chief scientist for the CIA ; Dr. Robert Wood at McDonald Douglas who would go on to become the chief researcher of the 3700 pages of documents leaked in the 1990s from six different intelligence sources; Hal McConnell from the NSA; and Major General Albert Stubblebine, the Commander of the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command.  - See Ron Blackburn

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