J. Allen Hynek

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J. Allen Hynek
Born Josef Allen Hynek
1 May 1910(1910-05-01)
Chicago, Illinois
Died 27 April 1986 (75)
Scottsdale, Arizona
Alma mater University of Chicago (B.S., 1931; Ph.D., Astrophysics, 1935)
Workplace(s) Dearborn Observatory; Lindheimer Astronomical Research Center; Northwestern University
Field(s) Astronomy
Affiliations Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS)
Known for The UFO Experience (1972)

Josef Allen Hynek (May 1, 1910 - April 27, 1986) was an American astrophysicist and ufologist who acted as a scientific consultant to the United States Air Force on three UFO inquiries — Project Sign (1947-1949), Project Grudge (1949-1952), and Project Blue Book (1952-1969) — and gave testimony at Congressional hearings on unidentified flying objects, later founding the civilian Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS).


  • Unidentified Flying Objects: Hearing by Committee on Armed Forces of the House of Representatives, Eighty-Ninth Congress, Second Session. April 5, 1966. Washington, DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1966.

Selected Bibliography

  • Hynek, J. Allen (1972), The UFO Experience: A Scientific Enquiry, Chicago: H. Regnery 
  • Hynek, J. Allen; Vallée, Jacques (1975), The Edge of Reality: A Progress Report on Unidentified Flying Objects, Chicago: H. Regnery 
  • Hynek, J. Allen (1977), The Hynek UFO Report, New York: Dell Pub. Co. 
  • Hynek, J. Allen; Imbrogno, Philip J.; Pratt, Bob (1987), Night Siege: The Hudson Valley UFO Sightings (1st ed.), New York: Ballantine Books