UFO Sightings by Scientists

(All Reports on File at NICAP)




Date & Location Name Field Description
       




7-10-47,
S. New Mexico
"top astronomer" Astronomy Elliptical object which hovered, wobbled, ascended suddenly.
[Section II]
       




Summer 1948,
Easton, Penna.
Carl A. Mitchell Physics Three luminescent greenish discs one second apart, passed
across sky from N to S and over horizon.
       




8-49,
Las Cruces, N.M.
Clyde W. Tombaugh Astronomy Circular pattern of rectangular lights, keeping fixed interval.
       




5-20-50,
Flagstaff, Arizona
Syemour L. Hess Meteorology,
Astronomy
Disc or sphere in apparent "powered" flight. [Section I]
       




6-12-50.
California
John Zimmerman Geology Silvery discs looping around aircraft, disrupting its vapor trail.
       




10-3-50,
Pomona, California
J.D. Laudermilk Geochemistry Disc moving with wobbling motion passed behind mountain peak;
minimum speed computed to be 720 mph.
       




8-3-51,
near Pinckney, Mich.
Walter N. Webb Astronomy Bright glowing light moving in undulating path.
       




1952,
London, Ont., Canada
W. Gordon Graham Astronomy UFO "like a smoke ring, elliptical in shape, and having two bright
pinpoints of light along its main axis," sailed overhead from W
to E.[5]
       




7-27-52,
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Dr. Charles H. Otis Biology Formation of rocket-like objects leaving constant length trails.
       




8-5-52,
Baltimore, Md.
Dr. James C. Bartlett,
Jr.
Astronomy* During daylight observation of Venus, saw a flight of two discs,
diameter about 30 minutes of arc; passed overhead to S, turned
E. Then two more discs with dome-like protrusions in center.
       




1-30-53,
near Yuma, Arizona
Wells Alan Webb Chemistry Gyrating light which ascended steeply.
       




5-5-53,
near Yuma, Arizona
Wells Alan Webb Chemistry Silvery disc, turned sharply; observed through Polaroid glasses,
dark circular bands around object became visible.
       




6-11-54,
near Atlanta, Georgia
H. Percy Wilkins Astronomy Two silvery objects "like polished metal plates" moving against
wind; third grayish oval arced across sky.
       




11-25-54,
Cordoba, Argentina
Dr. Marcos Guerci Meteorology Two luminous objects observed from airport; one apparently
semi-circular, other circular. [Section X]
       




12-7-54,
Upinton, Cape Province,
So. Africa
R.H. Kleyweg Meteorology Hemispherical disc tracked through theodolite. [Section X]
       




11-1-55,
Mojave Desert, California
Frank Halstead Astronomy Cigar-shaped object followed by domed disc.
       




6-18-57,
Jackson, Mississippi
Prof. Henry Carlock Physics Observing sky with telescope; twice glimpsed UFO with halo
around it and "what appeared to be three portholes."
       
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11-10-57,
Toulouse, France
Jacques Chapuis Astronomy At Toulouse Observatory observed maneuvering yellow star-like
object for 5 minutes. "It was something I had never seen before."
UFO finally ascended straight up out of sight.
       




10-2-58,
near Blairstown, N.J.
Ivan T. Sanderson Zoology Maneuvering, Banking disc.
       




10-26-58,
LaFayette, Indiana
T.C. Shafer Chemistry While observing moon with 4 inch reflector telescope, saw three
bright unidentified objects pass from East to West.
       




5-22-60,
Majorca
Observatory staff Astronomy Triangular UFO about 1/4 apparent size of moon sighted at 9:33
a.m., spinning on its axis while on steady course. Report cabled
to NASA in Washington.[6]
       




6-8-60,
New York City
Lee Ball Biochemistry Flat ellipse traversed about 15 degrees of sky; appeared about
8 times apparent size of moon.
       




11-24-60.
Ohio
Confidential report,
certified by NICAP
Board Member
- - - - - - - - - - Ellipse in smooth silent flight; 5 minute observation.
       




3-16-61,
Antarctica
R.J. Villela Meteorology Fireball-like object in slow level flight.
       




11-22-61,
near Grafton, N.D.
Melvin C. Vagle, Jr. Metallurgy Cigar-shaped UFO with "portholes", hovering tilted at angle.
       




5-20-62,
Defiance, Ohio
Prof. C.A. Maney,
six others
Physics Maneuvering light, turned sharply, made sudden change in speed.
       
 


* Technically an amateur astronomer; member Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, frequent contributor to scientific journals.