Born, Valencia (Spain), December 27, 1948
Educated formally until pre-university level, with a further diploma on programming language in 1973, V.J. Ballester Olmos is basically a self-taught student of many scientific disciplines. With a 30-year professional career in Ford Motor Company from 1976 to 2005, he early-retired in 2005. Since 1983 he held the position of Manager, Insurance, Benefits and Pensions.
Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos has been investigating UFO phenomena since 1966, he is an active promoter of scientific-oriented ufology and he is proactively focused to team work. A correspondent, collaborator and personal friend to the most noted figures of the field in the last 50 years.
Mr. Ballester Olmos is the author of 480 publications, essays, articles, case inquiries, bibliographies, book reviews, technical reports, etc. since 1965. His bibliography can be consulted on-line in the following link: to be updated)
Mr. Ballester Olmos has delivered speeches in many UFO congresses held in Spain, France, England, Germany, Italy, and the United States (MUFON, 1987, 1993 and 1997).
Awards, grants and recognitions:
1982: Fund for UFO Research (Washington, D.C.) scholarship for the study of UFO close encounter cases reported in Spain and Portugal.
1983: Co-awarded with John Schuessler the Alvin Lawson Award, “for his advances in the scientific comprehension of the UFO phenomenon.”
1998: Nominated to the Isabel L. Davies Memorial Award, MUFON.
1998: Premio Anaparéstesis, Anomaly Foundation, Spain.
1998: Biographical quotation in Marquis Who’s Who in the World.
2001: Unique civil ufologist to publish a UFO article in Revista de Aeronáutica y Astronáutica (official journal of the Spanish Air Force):
2001: Unique civil ufologist interviewed by Revista Española de Defensa (official journal of the Spanish Ministry of Defense):
2016: Unique civil ufologist to post review article in the Spanish Ministry of Defense web site:
Major duties:
*1968-1973: Founder and President, Círculo de Estudios sobre Objetos No Identificados (CEONI), Valencia, Spain
*1969-1970: Founder of Equipo Nacional de Investigadores (ENI), Spain
*1978-1982: Coordinator of Consejo de Consultores de Stendek, Spain
*1983-1985: Journal editor-in-chief, UPIAR Research in Progress, Milano, Italy
*1992-1999: Director of Investigations, Centro de Estudios Interplanetarios (CEI), Barcelona, Spain
*1997-2004: Cofounder, Vice-president and Research Director, Anomaly Foundation, Santander (Spain)
*2005-: member, Steering Committee, Euro UFO Network
*2009-, International Technical Specialist, National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP)
*2010-, member, NICAP’s A-Team
Mr. Ballester Olmos has served as a member, representative, adviser, consultant to a number of the most important UFO organizations and journals in the world.
From 1992 to 1999, Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos played a fundamental role in promoting and supervising the development of 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 (now Combat Air Command).
From year 2000, Mr. Ballester Olmos is managing the FOTOCAT Project, an in-progress project aimed to create a worldwide catalogue of UFO cases where photographs, films or videos have been achieved, with entries ending up to December 31, 2005. 12,050 cases are recorded until now (January 2017).
A Catalogue of 200 Type-I UFO Events in Spain and Portugal, Center for UFO Studies (Evanston, Illinois), April 1976. Foreword by Dr. Jacques Vallée.
OVNIS: El fenómeno aterrizaje, Plaza & Janés (Barcelona), 1978,1979, and 1984 editions. Foreword by Dr. Jacques Vallée.
Los OVNIS y la Ciencia (with Miguel Guasp), Plaza & Janés (Barcelona), 1981, and 1989 editions. Foreword by Dr. J. Allen Hynek.
Investigación OVNI, Plaza & Janés (Barcelona), 1984. Foreword by Dr. Richard Haines.
Enciclopedia de los encuentros cercanos con OVNIS (with Juan Antonio  Fernández), Plaza & Janés (Barcelona), 1987
Expedientes insólitos, Temas de Hoy (Madrid), 1995. Foreword by Javier Sierra. Epilogue by Dr. Jacques Vallée.
Norway in UFO Photographs: The First Catalogue (with Ole Jonny Brænne). UPIAR (Torino, Italy), 2008.
Avistamientos OVNI en la Antártida en 1965 (with M. Borraz, H. Janosch & J.C. Victorio). UPIAR (Torino, Italy), 2013.
Book collaboration:
UFOs and the Government (M. Swords & R. Powell, editors. With C. Svahn, B. Chalker, B. Greenwood, R. Thieme, J. Aldrich, and S. Purcell). Anomalist Books (San Antonio, Texas), 2012, pages 423-438 and 513-529.
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Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos (aka V-J) is married to María Asunción, is the father of Laura, Blanca and Daniel, and is the grandfather of Lucas. Among his entertainment interests highlights his passion for US Western & Country Music.