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He came to the United States in 1962 and, in 1967 received a Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University. He was a principal investigator on the large NSF project for computer networking, which developed the first conferencing system on the ARPANET many years before the Internet was formed.
He has also served on the National Advisory Committee of the University of Michigan College of Engineering.
Dr. Vallee has authored three books on high technology, including Computer Message Systems, Electronic Meetings and The Network Revolution.
Along with his mentor Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Dr. Vallee carefully studied the problem of UFOs for many years and served as the real-life model for the character portrayed by Francois Truffaut in Steven Spielberg’s film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
His research has taken him to countries all over the world. Considered one of the leading experts in UFO phenomena, Vallee has written several well respected scientific books on the subject.
UFO Research and Academic Work
In May 1955, Vallee first sighted a flying saucer over his Pontoise home. Six years later in 1961, while working on the staff of the French Space Committee, Vallee witnessed the destruction of the tracking tapes of unknown objects orbiting the earth. These events contributed to Vallee's long-standing interest in the UFO phenomenon.
In the mid 1960s, like many other UFO researchers, Vallee initially attempted to validate the popular extraterrestrial visitation hypothesis. However, by 1969, he publicly stated that the ETI hypothesis was untenable.
Dr. Vallee began exploring the commonalities between UFOs, cults, religious movements, angels, ghosts, creature sightings, and psychic phenomena. These links were first detailed in Vallee's third UFO book, Passport to Magonia: From folklore to Flying Saucers.
As an alternative to the extraterrestrial visitation hypothesis, Vallee has suggested other theories, including the interdimensional hypothesis. This hypothesis represents an extension of the ETH were the "Extraterrestrials" could be potentially from anywhere. The entities could be multidimensional beyond space-time, thus could coexist with humans, yet remain undetected.
Summary of salient points from Dr. Vallee's "Five Arguments Against the Extraterrestrial Origin of Unidentified Flying Objects," Journal of Scientific Exploration, 1990:
"Scientific opinion has generally followed public opinion in the belief that unidentified flying objects either do not exist (the "natural phenomena hypothesis") or, if they do, must represent evidence of a visitation by some advanced race of space travelers (the extraterrestrial hypothesis or "ETH"). It is the view of the author that research on UFOs need not be restricted to these two alternatives. On the contrary, the accumulated data base exhibits several patterns tending to indicate that UFOs are real, represent a previously unrecognized phenomenon, and that the facts do not support the common concept of "space visitors." Five specific arguments articulated here contradict the ETH:
- (1) unexplained close encounters are far more numerous than required for any physical survey of the earth;
- (2) the humanoid body structure of the alleged "aliens" is not likely to have originated on another planet and is not biologically adapted to space travel;
- (3) the reported behavior in thousands of abduction reports contradicts the hypothesis of genetic or scientific experimentation on humans by an advanced race;
- (4) the extension of the phenomenon throughout recorded human history demonstrates that UFOs are not a contemporary phenomenon; and
- (5) the apparent ability of UFOs to manipulate space and time suggests radically different and richer alternatives."
In 1988, Jacques and Janine Vallee went to South America to investigate the numerous reports of UFO-related fatalities and injuries. The results of their field investigations are documented in Vallee's book Confrontations: A Scientist's Search for Alien Contact. For example, in central Brazil, Vallee reports that at least five people are reported to have died "following close encounters with what were described as boxlike UFOs equipped with powerful light beams." Many victims were hunters who had climbed into jungle trees at night in order to wait for passing animals that they could shoot. Instead, the hunters had themselves been hunted by "chupas" (UFOs), which either injured or killed them using intense concentrated light beams. As Vallee reports, these chupas "are said to make a humming sound like a refrigerator or a transformer." 
Dr. Vallee proposes that there is a genuine UFO phenomenon, which is associated with a form of nonhuman consciousness that manipulates space and time. The phenomenon has been active throughout history, and seems to masquerade in various forms to different cultures.
- Anatomy of a phenomenon: unidentified objects in space--a scientific appraisal (1965)
- Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma - with Janine Vallee (1966)
- Passport to Magonia: From folklore to Flying Saucers (Chicago: Henry Regnery Co., 1969)
- The Invisible College : What a Group of Scientists Has Discovered About UFO Influences on the Human Race (1975)
- The Edge of Reality - Jacques Vallee and Dr. J. Allen Hynek (1975)
- Messengers of Deception: Ufo Contacts and Cults (1979)
- Dimensions: A Casebook of Alien Contact (1988)
- Confrontations - A Scientist's Search for Alien Contact (1990)
- Revelations : Alien Contact and Human Deception (1991)
- UFO Chronicles of the Soviet Union : A Cosmic Samizdat (1992)
- Forbidden Science: Journals, 1957-1969 (1992)
- Dr. Jacques F. Vallee - official web page
- Interview: Jacques Vallee Discusses UFO Control System with Jerome Clark (1978)
- Interview: Heretic Among Heretics: - Jacques Vallee (1993)
- Interview: Dr. Jacques Vallee Reveals What Is Behind Forbidden Science
- Interview: Dr. Jacques Vallee (1992)
- CAUS interview with Dr. Jacques Vallee
- Green Egg interview with Dr. Jacques Vallee
- The "Pentacle Memorandum" Including text of correspondence from Dr. Jacques Vallee (1993)
- Foreword to book: UFOs and The National Security State - Jacques Vallee
- French biography on Dr. Jacques Vallee
- Five Arguments Against the Extraterrestrial Origin of Unidentified Flying Objects - Jacques Vallee, Ph.D.
- Estimates of Optical Power Output in Six Cases of Unexplained Aerial Objects with Defined Luminosity Characteristics Jacques Vallee, Ph.D.
- Physical Analyses in Ten Cases of Unexplained Aerial Objects with Material Samples - Jacques Vallee, Ph.D.
- Report from the Field: Scientific Issues in the UFO Phenomenon - Jacques Vallee, Ph.D.
- Crop Circles: “Signs” From Above or Human Artifacts? - Jacques Vallee, Ph.D.
- Are UFO Events related to Sidereal Time - Arguments against a proposed correlation - Jacques Vallee, Ph.D.
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