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Sturrock Panel

Some supposed UFO sightings have been accompanied by unexplained physical evidence that deserves serious scientific study, an international panel of scientists has concluded. It is the first independent scientific review of the controversial topic in almost 30 years, directed by physicist Peter Sturrock of Stanford University. The panel cited cases that included intriguing and inexplicable details, such as burns to witnesses, radar detections of mysterious objects, strange lights appearing repeatedly in the skies over certain locales, aberrations in the workings of automobiles, and radiation and other damage found in vegetation. The 50-page review, being released today, asserts that the scientific community might learn something worthwhile if it can overcome the fear of ridicule associated with the topic and get some funding for targeted research to try to explain these occurrences.

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CNN's Interview With Peter Sturrock (Transcript)

CNN

In the first independent review of UFO phenomena in more than 30 years, a nine-member group of scientists says physical evidence linked to some sightings deserves additional scientific study. The physicist who headed up that panel is Peter Sturrock R

International UFO Workshop: Physical Evidence Related to UFO Reports

Extraterrestrial Life

Includes photograph of workshop / panel participants.

Massive Uncritical Publicity for Supposed `Independent UFO Investigation' Demonstrates Media Gullibility Once Again (Skeptical)

Robert Sheaffer, Skeptical Inquirer magazine (September/October 1998)

On Monday, June 19, 1998, all of the major media outlets were suddenly filled with accounts proclaiming that an independent panel of scientists had taken a fresh look at the UFO question, and had concluded that the matter needed to be taken seriously after all. R

Panel Urges Study Of UFO Reports - Unexplained Phenomena Need Scrutiny, Science Group Says

Kathy Sawyer, The Washington Post

Some supposed UFO sightings have been accompanied by unexplained physical evidence that deserves serious scientific study, an international panel of scientists has concluded.  R

Peter Sturrock - Biographical Information

In 1967, Sturrock received the Gravity Prize (for gravitational research) from the Gravity Research Foundation; in 1977, the Lindsay Award from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; in 1986 the Hale Prize for solar physics from the American Astronomical Society; in 1990, the Arctowski Medal for solar-terrestrial research from the National Academy of Sciences; and in 1992, the Space Sciences Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  R

Peter Sturrock's book in the French regional press, Dec. 2002

Philippe Brassart

The article underneath has been published in the daily regional newspaper La Dépêche du Midi, France, on December 1st, 2002, the author is Philippe Brassart. R

Physical Evidence Related to UFO Reports - Sturrock Panel - Abstract, Summary and Introduction

Sturrock Panel Report

The purpose of this four-day workshop was to review purported physical evidence associated with UFO reports, with a view to assessing whether the further acquisition and investigation of such evidence is likely to help solve the UFO problem, namely the determination of the cause or causes of these reports.  R

Physical Evidence Related to UFO Reports (Sturrock Panel Report, PDF) PDF Document

The purpose of this four-day workshop was to review purported physical evidence associated with UFO reports, with a view to assessing whether the further acquisition and investigation of such evidence is likely to help solve the UFO problem, namely the determination of the cause or causes of these reports.

Review of Peter Sturrock's The UFO Enigma

John Alexander, Ph.D, NIDS (National Institute for Discovery Science)

While relying primarily on fairly well known UFO reports, this book constitutes an important contribution to a popular field infested with misinformation, misunderstandings, and tripe. The UFO Enigma will become one of the few books that scholars searching for more information about a controversial subject can turn to for reliable information.  R

Scientific Panel Concludes Some UFO Evidence Worthy Of Study

Stanford University - Press Release

In the first independent review of UFO phenomena since 1970, a panel of scientists has concluded that some sightings are accompanied by physical evidence that deserves scientific study. R

Society Convenes Science Panel to Review UFO Evidence

Society for Scientific Exploration - Press Release

There may be more to UFO evidence than just verbal reports of what people see in the sky. Some UFO evidence may be worthy of scientific investigation. This is the tentative conclusion of a panel of scientists convened by the Society for Scientific Exploration to examine this matter. The panel of nine scientists met at a conference center near New York from September 29 to October 3.  R

Stanford Scientists Say UFOs May Warrant a Second Look

Buck Wolf, ABCNEWS.com

Stanford Scientists Say UFOs May Warrant a Second Look. A panel of scientists is conducting the first independent UFO investigation in nearly 30 years.  R

'The UFO Enigma' by Peter Sturrock: Book Description

The UFO Enigma, by Peter Sturrock

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The UFO Enigma, by Peter Sturrock (Book) - Press Release

THE UFO ENIGMA: A New Review of the Physical Evidence is Stanford Professor Peter A. Sturrock's fascinating scientific look at the possible evidence behind UFO sightings that continue to baffle both the scientific and the public communities of the world. R

UFOs do not raise smiles anymore (the Sturrock Panel Report)

La Dépêche du Midi, France, December 1st, 2002 (reprinted on UFOs at close sight)

The conclusions of an american symposium (the Sturrock Panel) are finally published in France.

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Book: The UFO Enigma: A New Review of the Physical Evidence

Peter A. Sturrock

A report on the conference findings along with supporting case material. Now, in a major report commissioned by Laurance S. Rockefeller, world-renowned scientists debate the physical evidence in puzzling cases presented by UFO investigators. THE UFO ENIGMA overrides the Condon Report and concludes that there is much we could learn from further study of the phenomenon-if the evidence is carefully collected and scientifically analyzed

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UFO Enigma: A New Review of the Physical Evidence Peter A. SturrockNow, in a major report commissioned by Laurance S. Rockefeller, world-renowned scientists debate the physical evidence in puzzling cases presented by UFO investigators. The UFO Enigma overrides the Condon Report and concludes that there is much we could learn from further study of the phenomenon—if the evidence is carefully collected and scientifically analyzed. Buy from Amazon Buy from Barnes & Noble more info...