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Philip J. Klass

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Philip J. Klass
Born Philip Julian Klass
8 November 1919(1919-11-08)
Des Moines, Iowa
Died 9 August 2005 (85)
Cocoa, Florida
Nationality American
Alma mater Iowa State University (B.A., E.E., 1941)
Affiliations CSICOP
Known for UFO skepticism

Philip Julian Klass (November 8, 1919 - August 9, 2005) was an American aviation electronics engineer turned magazine editor (of Aviation Week & Space Technology) and prominent skeptical Ufologist who initially proposed that UFOs could be plasma or ball lightning, as detailed in his 1968 book UFOs — Identified, before later abandoning this hypothesis in favour of reference to known atmospheric phenomena or simply discrediting them as hoaxes.

Selected Bibliography

  • Klass, Philip J. (1968), UFOs — Identified, New York: Random House 
  • Klass, Philip J. (1971), Secret Sentries in Space, New York: Random House 
  • Klass, Philip J. (1974), UFOs Explained, New York: Random House 
  • Klass, Philip J. (1983), UFOs: The Public Deceived, Amherst, New York: Prometheus 
  • Klass, Philip J. (1989), UFO Abductions: A Dangerous Game, Amherst, New York: Prometheus 
  • Klass, Philip J. (1997), The Real Roswell Crashed-Saucer Coverup, Amherst, New York: Prometheus 

Klass was the long-time editor of Aviation Week & Space Technology, serving in that role for thirty-four years (from 1952), and also published the Skeptics UFO Newsletter.