24 October 1964|
|Died||20 February 2009
|Known for||Crop circles, RISC OS, UFOs|
Paul Vigay (24 October 1964 – 20 February 2009) was a British computer consultant, notable for work in developing and supporting RISC OS software and named as a leading expert on UFOs and crop circles.
Vigay was born on 24 October 1964 in Croydon. He attended the Horndean School in Waterlooville, passing 10 O-levels. His use of BBC B computers while there led to a lifelong interest in computing. He edited the Acorn section of the Micronet 800 on-line magazine in the late 1980s, and continued to support RISC OS users after Micronet 800 was withdrawn. He worked for Argonet ISP from 1995 until 2005 when he opened Orpheus Internet to serve Argonet's previous customers and continue support for RISC OS users. According to BBC News, Vigay had a long interest in UFOs, hauntings and the occult and first became involved with crop circles in 1990 while developing equipment to detect electric current flow behind walls and floors. He contributed research for the 2002 film Signs.
Vigay's body was found off Portsmouth beach on 20 February 2009 after being reported missing the previous evening. Police said that it remained unclear whether Vigay committed suicide or died accidentally. According to a hearing at Portsmouth Coroners Court, Vigay had split up with girlfriend Andrea Smith on the night of his death. Smith found a short note Vigay left which said "I love you," and included Vigay's telephone code and computer passwords. The British newspaper The Telegraph reported that a coroner termed his death a "mystery". He was buried at The South Downs Natural Burial Site near Petersfield.
- "Death of UFO expert Paul Vigay 'a mystery'". The Telegraph. 21 Jan 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-05. "The death of leading international UFO expert, Paul Vigay, is a mystery, a coroner has admitted, after he drowned without leaving a suicide note."
- "Crop Circle expert - Paul Vigay". BBC News. 7 January 2004. Retrieved 2010-01-05. "Having had a long interest in UFOs, hauntings and the Occult, Paul first became interested in crop circles in 1990 when he was developing some electronic equipment to detect electric current flow behind walls and floors."
- "Signs (2002)". Encyclopedia of Fantastic Film and Television. Retrieved 2011-02-04. "MISCELLANEOUS, Researcher: Paul Vigay"
- Body found washed ashore in Southsea, Portsmouth News, accessed 2009-12-30
- "World News Death of UFO expert unsolved". UPI.com (United Press International, Inc.). 21 Jan 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2011.
- Crop circle Research:Personal profile by Paul Vigay
- Paul's Domain: 101 things you probably didn't know (or want to know) about me at the Wayback Machine (archived November 26, 2005)[dead link]
- RISCOS.org Website run by Vigay.
- NHNE Crop Circle: Paul Vigay interview, interview from June 1998
- Paul Vigay Book of Condolence at the Wayback Machine (archived January 29, 2012)