by Doc Hambone

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  • Born 6/20/36. BS and MS in electrical engineering from the University of Florida. After graduating, Puthoff served in the Army on duty with the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland. There, he worked as an engineer with Project Light, which studied fiber optics, lasers, and high-speed computers (very cutting edge at the time). After leaving, he invented the tunable infra-red laser.
    (McRae, Ronald, Mind Wars, St. Martin's Press, 1984, pg 92-3)

  • According to author Jim Schnabel (and confirmed by Dr. Puthoff), he served at the NSA in the early 1960's during his tour with the Navy, not the Army as McRae reported above, and later stayed on as a civilian.
    (Schnabel, Jim, Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America's Psychic Spies, Dell, 1997, pg 97)

  • Joined SRI in 1971 as a specialist in laser physics. Worked for the previous eight years in the Microwave Laboratory at Stanford University. Served as an officer in the Navy from 1960-63 at Ft. Meade.
    (Mitchell, Edgar, Psychic Exploration, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1974, pg 522)

  • Head of the SRI remote viewing program, 1972-85. After he left, Puthoff was replaced with Ed May. Former Naval Intelligence Officer.
    (Puthoff, Harold, "CIA-Initiated Remote Viewing Program at Stanford Research Institute", Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 1996)

  • "Dr. Harold E. Puthoff is Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin. A theoretical and experimental physicist specializing in fundamental electrodynamics, his research ranges from theoretical studies of quantum vacuum states as they apply to the stability of matter, gravitation, cosmology and energy research, to laboratory studies of innovative approaches to energy generation. A graduate of Stanford University in 1967, he has published over 30 technical papers in the areas of electron-beam devices, lasers and quantum zero-point-energy effects, has patents issued and pending in the laser, communications, and energy fields, and is co-author of a textbook Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics

    (Wiley, 1969), published in English, French and Russian.


  • "Dr. Puthoff's professional background includes engineering work at General Electric and Sperry; three and a half years with the U.S. Department of Defense, where his work on high-speed opto-electronic computers resulted in the award of a DoD Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Performance; post-doc appointments at Stanford University as Research Associate, Ginzton Laboratories, and Lecturer, Dept. of Electrical Engineering; Director of the Cognitive Sciences Program at SRI International for over a decade, where he was responsible for large-scale, innovative, government-funded research programs; and, since 1985, Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin.

    "Puthoff regularly serves various 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 (NY Academy of Sciences, Amer. Assoc. for the Advancement of Science, Amer. Physical Soc., Soc. for Scientific Exploration); is listed in American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who's Who in the South and Southwest and in Who's Who in the World; and has been designated a Fetzer Fellow (1991)."
    (Biography provided by Dr. Puthoff)

  • He is claimed to have been at OT (Operating Thetan) Level III with the Church of Scientology at the time of the experiments. He wrote the preface to Scientology: a Religion, and was married in a Scientology church. "Puthoff says his involvement with the church more than a decade ago was casual."
    (McRae, 1984, pg 108)

  • Puthoff joined the Church in the 1960s, and left in the mid-1970s. After leaving, he lent support to a group that criticized the Church. It was during an LA training seminar that he met Pat Price, who later worked at SRI.

    (Schnabel, Jim, Remote Viewers: The Secret History of America's Psychic Spies, Dell, 1997, pg 198-200)

  • According to Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, in The Secret Life of Plants, while at SRI, Puthoff did experiments with chicken eggs. Using an e-meter (invented by L. Ron Hubbard and used in the practices of Scientology), he attempted to see if an egg would react if another was broken nearby.
    (Tompkins, Peter and Bird, Christopher, The Secret Life of Plants, Harper and Row, 1973, pg 29)

  • Since the early 1970s, Puthoff had been a part-time, paid consultant to Bill Church regarding alternative fuel sources. At Puthoff's urging, Church developed a company, Jupiter Technologies, to research zero-point energy. In the summer of 1985, after giving only two weeks notice, Puthoff left SRI to work for Church full time.
    (Schnabel, Jim, 1997, pg 323)

  • Currently with the Institute of Advanced Studies at Austin, 4030 W Braker Ln, Suite 300, Austin, TX 78759, and president of Earthtech International at the same address here for Earthtech's home page. His current work is involved with quantum physics, zero-point energy, and electrogravitics.

  • Puthoff is working with Robert Bigelow and his National Institute of Discovery Science. He posted a NIDS mission statement on USENET in March, 1996.
    (What's New at Area 51 and Ufomind: 9/96)




  • "Aviary", codename: Owl

    Author of:

    • "CIA-Initiated Remote Viewing Program at Stanford Research Institute", Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring 1996

    • Targ, Russell and Puthoff "Information Transmission Under Conditions of Sensory Shielding", Nature, 10/18/74, v252, n5476, pp 602-607

    • Targ, Russell and Puthoff, Harold E, "The Record: Eight Days With Uri Geller", published in: Panati, Charles, ed., The Geller Papers, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1976

    • Targ, Russell and Puthoff, Harold E, "Experiments With Uri Geller", published in: Panati, Charles, ed., The Geller Papers, Houghton Mifflin Co., 1976

    • Puthoff, Harold E., Targ, Russell, & May, Edwin C. "Experimental psi research: implication for physics," The Role of Consciousness in the Physical World, ed. Robert G. Jahn, Westview, 1981, pp. 37-86

    • H. E. Puthoff, "Ground State of Hydrogen as a Zero-Point-Fluctuation-Determined State," Phys. Rev. D, vol 35, p 3266 (1987).

    • H. E. Puthoff, "Zero-Point Fluctuations of the Vacuum as the Source of Atomic Stability and the Gravitational Interaction, "Proc. of the British Soc. for the Philosophy of Science Intern'l Conf. "Physical Interpretations of Relativity Theory," Imperial College, London, ed. M. C. Duffy (Sunderland Polytechnic, 1988).

    • H. E. Puthoff, "Gravity as a Zero-Point-Fluctuation Force," Phys. Rev. A 39, 2333 (1989); Phys. Rev A, vol 47, p 3454 (1993).

    • H. E. Puthoff, "On the Source of Vacuum Electromagnetic Zero-Point Energy," Ph ys. Rev. A, vol 40, p 4857 (1989); Errata and Comments, Phys. Rev. A 44, 3382, 3385 (1991).

    • H. E. Puthoff, "Everything for Nothing," New Sci., vol 127, p 52 (28 July 1990).

    • H. E. Puthoff, "The Energetic Vacuum: Implications for Energy Research," Spec. in Sci. and Technology, vol 13, p 247 (1990).

    • H. E. Puthoff, "Zero-Point Energy: An Introduction," Fusion Facts, vol 3, No. 3, p 1 (1991).

    • H. E. Puthoff, "On the Feasibility of Converting Vacuum Electromagnetic Energy to Useful Form," Intern'l Workshop on the Zeropoint Electromagnetic Field," Cuernavaca, Mexico, March 29 - April 2, 1993.

    • D. C. Cole and H. E. Puthoff, "Extracting Energy and Heat from the Vacuum," Phys. Rev. E, vol 48, p 1562 (1993). See also Fusion Facts, vol 5, No. 3, p 1 (1993).

    • B. Haisch, A. Rueda, and H. E. Puthoff, "Inertia as a Zero-Point Field Lorentz Force," Phys. Rev. A, vol 49, p 678 (1994). See also Science, vol 263, p 612 (1994).

    • B. Haisch, A. Rueda, and H. E. Puthoff, "Beyond E = mc2," The Sciences (NY Acad. of Sciences), vol 34, p 26 (Nov/Dec 1994).

    • H. E. Puthoff, "SETI, The Velocity-of-Light Limitation, and the Alcubierre Warp Drive: An Integrating Overview," Physics Essays, vol 9, p 156 (1996).

    • B. Haisch, A. Rueda, and H. E. Puthoff. "Physics of the Zero-Point Field: Implications for Inertia, Gravitation and Mass," Spec. in Sci. and Technology (in press, 1996).

    • H. E. Puthoff, "Space Propulsion: Can Empty Space Itself Provide a Solution?" Ad Astra, vol 9 (National Space Society), p 42 (Jan/Feb 1997).

    • H. E. Puthoff, "Condensed-Charge Technology," Technical briefing package, including vugraphs and videotape, presented to numerous government agencies and panels, corporations, and academic colloquia, 1987 - present.

    • Puthoff, Harold A. (1989). "Source of vacuum electromagnetic zero-point energy," Physical Review A, 40.9

    • Interview with possible Roswell witness on 07 January 1993

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