#ufo #science #researchDr. Josef Allen Hynek (May 1, 1910 – April 27, 1986) was a US astronomer, professor, and ufologist. He is perhaps best remembered for his #UFO research. Hynek acted as scientific adviser to UFO studies undertaken by the U.S. Air Force under three consecutive projects:
Project Sign (1947–1949),
Project Grudge (1949–1952), and
Project Blue Book (1952 to 1969).
For decades afterwards, he conducted his own independent UFO research, developing the Close Encounter classification system, and is widely considered the father of the concept of scientific analysis of both reports and, especially, trace evidence purportedly left by UFOs.
Hynek developed in his first book the close encounter scale to better catalogue various UFO reports.
Dr. Hynek was also the consultant to Columbia Pictures and Steven Spielberg on the popular 1977 UFO movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and made a brief, non-speaking appearance in the film (after the aliens disembark from the ‘mother ship’ at the end of the film, he can be seen, bearded and with pipe in mouth, stepping forward to view the spectacle).