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True skepticism does not begin by being anti-anything. The processes of open consideration and examination (i.e., research) will ultimately establish whether something exists or not. ~ Ingo Swann

HAROLD E. PUTHOFF, Ph.D.

Dr. Harold E. Puthoff is Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin. His present research interests range from theoretical studies concerning gravitation, inertia, cosmology and energy research, to laboratory studies of innovative approaches to energy generation and space propulsion.

A graduate of Stanford University in 1967, Dr. Puthoff's professional background spans more than four decades of research at General Electric, Sperry, the National Security Agency, Stanford University, SRI International, and, since 1985, as Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin. He has published numerous papers on electron-beam devices, lasers and quantum zero-point-energy effects, has patents issued in the laser, communications, and energy fields, and is co-author of a textbook Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics (Wiley, 1969). His awards and honors include a DoD Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Performance.

A seminal experiment Puthoff conducted with Ingo Swann in June, 1972 led to the formation at the behest of the CIA of SRI-International's human consciousness research program. Subsequently joined by Russell Targ, Puthoff created and lead the program, which experimented with many varieties of ESP and psychokinesis, focusing particularly on the ESP-based skill known as remote viewing. Under contract to the CIA and later the Defense Department, Puthoff and his team tested the parameters of the remote viewing phenomenon, and then at the direction of the US Army created a novel training program to teach US military personnel the mental skills subsequently used for espionage purposes against the Soviet Union and other foreign threats to the security of the United States. In 1985 Puthoff left the remote viewing program to assume the directorship of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin.

Puthoff regularly serves various corporations, government agencies, the Executive Branch and Congress as consultant on leading-edge technologies and future technology trends; is a member and officer of several professional organizations; is listed in American Men and Women of Science, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in the World; and has been designated a Fetzer Fellow (1991).