Harold E. Puthoff
|Harold E. Puthoff|
|Born||June 20, 1936|
|Known for||gravitational and paranormal research|
Harold E. Puthoff (born June 20, 1936) is an American physicist who, earlier in his career was involved in research on gravitational physics and paranormal topics.
In 1967, Puthoff earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Puthoff is well known within gravitational physics circles[attribution needed] for his papers on polarizable vacuum (PV) and stochastic electrodynamics topics, which are examples of alternative approaches to general relativity and quantum mechanics. In the 70s and 80s he directed a CIA/DIA-funded program at SRI International to investigate paranormal abilities, collaborating with Russell Targ in a study of the purported psychic abilities of Uri Geller, Ingo Swann, Pat Price, Joseph McMoneagle and others, as part of the Stargate Project. Both Puthoff and Russell Targ became convinced Geller and Swann had genuine psychic powers. More conventional explanations for the observed abilities have also been advanced. In 1985 he founded an academically-oriented scientific research organization, Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin (IASA), also in Austin, TX, where he is Director. Puthoff has invented and worked with tunable lasers and electron beam devices, concerning which he holds patents, and he is co-author (with R. Pantell) of Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics (Wiley, 1969), published in English, French, Russian and Chinese.
Ventures in Austin 
In 1985, Puthoff founded a for-profit company, EarthTech International in Austin, TX. At about the same time, he founded an academically-oriented scientific research organization, Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin (IASA), also in Austin, TX, where he is Director. Independent of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, IASA pursues more focused research on topics specifically related to energy generation and space propulsion, with funding from anonymous donors.
Puthoff took an interest in the Church of Scientology in the late 1960s and reached what was then the top OT VII level by 1971. Puthoff wrote up his "wins" for a Scientology publication, claiming to have achieved "remote viewing" abilities. In 1974, Puthoff also wrote a piece for Scientology's Celebrity magazine, stating that Scientology had given him "a feeling of absolute fearlessness". Puthoff claimed to have severed all connection with Scientology in the late 1970s.
Currently, Puthoff is the CEO of a privately funded research organization called EarthTech International, Inc. This organization is dedicated to the exploration of new frontiers in the physics of spaceflight energy and propulsion. The activities of EarthTech primarily center around investigations into various aspects of the Zero-point field. Among its technical activities EarthTech evaluates claims of devices (so called "over-unity" devices) that are said to release more energy, presumably extracted from the ambient Zero Point electromagnetic field, low-energy nuclear reactions (LENR), or some other source, than they consume from conventional power sources.
- EarthTech International, Inc. biography of Harold E. Puthoff
- Mind-Reach: Scientists Look at Psychic Abilities by Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff, Hampton Roads Publishing Co., 2005.
- Puthoff, Hal, Success Story, Scientology Advanced Org Los Angeles (AOLA) special publication, 1971.
- Celebrity magazine, Minor Issue 9, February 1974
- Harold Puthoff, "Harold Puthoff Responds on Zero-Point Energy," Skeptical Inquirer, September/October1998.
- http://www.earthtech.org/ EarthTech International
- Pantell, Richard H. and Puthoff, H. E. (1969). Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics. New York: Wiley. ISBN 0-471-65790-5.
- H. E. Puthoff, CIA-Initiated Remote Viewing At Stanford Research Institute, 1996, from Biomind Superpowers, the website of Ingo Swann, also said to be an ex-employee of Project SCANATE.
- Puthoff, H. E. (2002). "Searching for the Universal Matrix in Metaphysics". Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology 2: 22.
- Puthoff, H. E. (2002). "Polarizable Vacuum (PV) Approach to General Relativity". Foundations of Physics 32 (6): 927–943. doi:10.1023/A:1016011413407. arXiv eprint
- Puthoff, H. E.; Little, S. R.; and Ibison, M. (2002). "Engineering the Zero-Point Field and Polarizable Vacuum for Interstellar Flight". J. British Interplanetary Society 55: 137–144.
- Randi, James (1982). Flim-Flam! : Psychics, ESP, unicorns and other Delusions. New York: Prometheus Books. pp. 131–160. ISBN 0-87975-198-3.
- Earthtech International, Puthoff's company in Austin, TX
- Dr. Harold Puthoff (Remote Viewing) - From the Secret Life of Plants to The Play of Light