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).