Born, Valencia (Spain), December
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
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: http://www.ikaros.org.es/bibliog1.pdf(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
1998: Premio Anaparéstesis, Anomaly Foundation,
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
2016: Unique civil ufologist to post review article
in the Spanish Ministry of Defense web site:
*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
*2009-, International Technical Specialist,
National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena
*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).
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),
Expedientes insólitos, Temas de Hoy (Madrid), 1995. Foreword by Javier Sierra. Epilogue by Dr. Jacques
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.
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.
On-line Personal Information,
Curriculum Vitae and Sample Interviews:
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