|Robert Scott Lazar|
January 26, 1959 |
Coral Gables, Florida
Former document photo processor
|Parent(s)||Albert Lazar and Phyllis Berliner Lazar|
Robert "Bob" Lazar (//; born January 26, 1959) claims to have worked as a scientist and engineer, reverse engineering extraterrestrial technology at a site called S4, in the Emigrant Valley and Old Kelley Mine area, near the Area 51 test facility. He claimed to have passed several tests by U.S. military officials and was warned that should he reveal anything, his family would be executed (Lazar reportedly signed an agreement to this). Lazar stated the space probe on which he worked creates its own gravitational pull and can pull the fabric of space and time toward it.
Both universities from which he claimed to hold degrees have no record of him, and the purported S4 site has been categorized as "bogus".
- 1 Notoriety
- 2 Background
- 3 Claims regarding Area 51 / Area S4
- 4 Desert Blast festival
- 5 United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies
- 6 Documentary and media appearances
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Lazar claimed to have worked in 1988 and 1989 as a physicist in S4 allegedly located at Papoose Lake southwest of top secret Area 51 near Groom Dry Lake, Nevada. According to Lazar, S4 serves as a hidden military location for the study and research of extraterrestrial spacecraft, or flying saucers using reverse engineering. Lazar claims he saw nine different extraterrestrial vehicles there and has provided detailed information on the mode of propulsion and other technical details of a disc-shaped vehicle he called the sport model. He also claims to have been working on the fuel, an element with an atomic number of 115 (Ununpentium) which allowed the space crafts to warp space and essentially pull the desired destination to the ship. This method of travel allegedly enabled alien travelers to cross vast distances with minimal three dimensional movement. Element 115 was first discovered in 2003.
Lazar first appeared in the media in an Omni magazine article in the early 1980s. He also appeared on television on a local Las Vegas news program discussing his experience at S4 and Area 51. He was also featured in the Los Alamos Monitor in a story dealing with a jet car he claimed to have built with help from a NASA researcher. The car was built from a jet engine modified and placed on an existing car model. The article stated that Lazar was "a physicist at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility".
Education and qualifications
Lazar claims to hold degrees from the California Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1993, the Los Angeles Times looked into his background and found there were no records to support those claims at either institution. Famed UFOlogist Stanton Friedman was only able to substantially verify that Lazar took electronics courses in the late 1970s at Pierce Junior College in Los Angeles. His occupation was listed as a self-employed document photo processor. His educational and professional background cannot be either completely verified or refuted, a situation that Lazar and his supporters attribute to government manipulation of records and other deletions of history, specifically done to discredit him and his claims regarding Area 51, S4 and his other claims regarding alien technology that he has encountered.
A 1991 Los Angeles Times article reported that Lazar was "on probation in Clark County, Nevada on a pandering charge for having installed a computer system for an illegal brothel (while a few brothels are legal in some counties of Nevada, prostitution is illegal in Clark County).[unreliable source?]
Claims regarding Area 51 / Area S4
In November 1989, Lazar appeared in a special interview with investigative reporter George Knapp on Las Vegas TV station KLAS to discuss his purported employment at "S4", a facility he claims exists near Area 51. In his interview with Knapp, Lazar said he encountered several flying saucers. He says he first thought the saucers were secret terrestrial aircraft whose test flights must have been responsible for many UFO reports. On closer examination and from having been shown multiple briefing documents, Lazar came to the conclusion that the discs were of extraterrestrial origin. In his filmed testimony Lazar explains how this impression first hit him after he boarded one craft being studied and examined its interior. Lazar claims to have "worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory (specifically in the Meson Physics facility), involved with experiments using the half a mile long Linear Particle Accelerator." Knapp claimed to find Lazar's name among that of other scientists in the 1982 Los Alamos phone book and have a 1982 Los Alamos Monitor news article mentioning "Lazar, [as] a physicist at the Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility."
For the propulsion of the studied vehicles, Bob Lazar claims that the atomic Element 115 served as the fuel. Element 115 (temporarily named "ununpentium" (symbol Uup)) reportedly generates a minuscule gravity field which can be tapped and greatly amplified because the field happens to extend just beyond each atom's outermost electron shell. Exactly how this field is accessed, however, remains unclear. But the end result is allegedly a highly directional gravity distortion field. Under proton bombardment, furthermore, it is claimed that the atoms of Element 115 produce antimatter particles which participate in a process of extremely efficient energy production for powering any and all systems and subsystems within the craft. The mass of the nuclear fuel aboard each craft was said to be approximately two kilograms and was enough to last for several years before requiring replenishment.
The large-scale gravity distortion effect is produced by three independently steerable waveguides or tubes within the craft and results in a foreshortening or compression of space-time that would, in effect, greatly shorten the distance and travel time either to a local or interplanetary or, possibly, an interstellar destination.
Lazar also claims that he was given introductory briefings describing the historical involvement by extraterrestrial beings with this planet for the past 10,000 years. The beings allegedly originate from the first and second planets within the Zeta Reticuli star system and are therefore referred to as Zeta Reticulans, popularly called 'greys'. According to Lazar these beings were referred to as 'the kids' within the program, or as 'gourds' among the personnel.
Lazar's stories have garnered considerable media attention and controversy. Lazar's story has its supporters and skeptics, including Stanton Friedman, a ufologist who claimed to have looked into Lazar's background. Friedman claims that Lazar lied about attending MIT and cannot even remember the year he obtained his masters. No professors at MIT remember Bob Lazar or have any photos of him.
Physicist Dr. David L. Morgan says that he has scientifically refuted most of the ideas that Lazar had elaborated on in his description of the alien spacecraft, particularly its propulsion systems and use of Ununpentium, or Element 115. Morgan stated that, "After reading an account by Bob Lazar of the 'physics' of his Area 51 UFO propulsion system, my conclusion is" this: Mr. Lazar presents a scenario which, if it is correct, violates a whole handful of currently accepted physical theories. That in and of itself does not necessarily mean that his scenario is impossible." Morgan went on to argue that "the presentation of the scenario by Lazar is troubling from a scientific standpoint. Mr. Lazar on many occasions demonstrates an obvious lack of understanding of current physical theories." [better source needed]
Lazar alleges that the S4 facility is located near the Papoose Range within Nevada's Nellis Air Force Test Range and is accessed via a dirt road. The details that Lazar provided regarding S4 are very non-specific, with Lazar having stated that he was transported in a blacked-out bus to the site which did not allow him to see the landscape.
Lazar claims that the S4 base proper contains nine aircraft hangars built into the side of the mountain range, with hangar doors constructed on an angle matching the slope of a mountain. The doors to the hangars are camouflaged with natural material to blend in with the side of the mountain and the adjoining desert floor. He claims the site is protected from all ground-based viewing angles by its location within an isolated valley. Inside these hangars are, according to Lazar, the laboratories and scientists studying extraterrestrial spacecraft.
The name "S4 Area 51" appears in the controversial Majestic 12 (MJ-12) documents but are marked, by the FBI's investigators, as "BOGUS".[non-primary source needed] Access to the area stated by Lazar is highly restricted by the United States government to the public.
Desert Blast festival
Lazar and long time friend Gene Huff run Desert Blast, an annual festival for "explodaholics" in the Nevada desert. Starting in 1987, but only formally named in 1991, the name was inspired by Desert Storm. The festival features home-made explosives, rockets, jet-powered vehicles, and other pyrotechnics, with the intention of emphasizing the fun aspect of physics.
United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies
In 1986 Lazar started United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies, a scientific supply company initially operated in Sandia Park, New Mexico, which then moved to Laingsburg, Michigan. United Nuclear sells a variety of materials including radioactive ores, powerful magnets, and other scientific equipment such as aerogel, as well as a variety of lab chemicals. United Nuclear states "over 400,000 satisfied customers," and these customers include law-enforcement agencies, schools and amateur scientists as well as individual amateur scientists and students.
United Nuclear and legal issues
United Nuclear has had several legal issues in its history. In 2006 Lazar and his wife Joy White were charged with violating the Federal Hazardous Substances Act for shipping restricted chemicals across state lines following a federal investigation that began in 2003. The charges stemmed from a 2003 raid on United Nuclear's business offices, where chemical sales records were examined. Lazar claimed that he mistakenly concluded that United Nuclear could legally sell the chemicals after finding incorrect information on the Internet. Small amounts of polonium, a radioactive element which was in the news at the time because of its role in fatally poisoning former Soviet intelligence agent and whistleblower Alexander Litvinenko, had been sold by the company.
In 2007, United Nuclear was fined $7,500 for violating a law prohibiting the sale of chemicals and components that are used to make illegal fireworks. Lazar and United Nuclear "pled guilty to three criminal counts of introducing into interstate commerce and aiding and abetting the introduction into interstate commerce of banned hazardous substances."
Documentary and media appearances
- Lazar: Cosmic Whistleblower (documentary short) - 2015
- Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs (video) - 2005
- UFO Files (TV series) - 2004
- Conspiracy?: Area 51 (TV series) - 2004
- Weird Travels (TV series) - 2003
- Encounters With The Unexplained (TV series) - 2000
- Dreamland: Area 51 (TV documentary) - 1996
- Future Fantastic (TV series) - 1996
- Rivenberg, Roy (May 6, 1993). "Unusually Fanatical Observers Ike Struck Deal With Aliens! Trip to...". Los Angeles Times.
- "Majestic 12". FBI Records: The Vault. U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Retrieved September 30, 2011.
- Article in the Los Alamos Monitor
- England, Terry (June 27, 1982). "LA Man Joins the Jet Set - At 200 Miles an hour". Los Alamos Monitor. pp. A1 & A8.
- The Bob Lazar Fraud December 1997 By Stanton Friedman
- Sands, Shannon (March 20, 1991). "Believers Are Not Alone Outer space: A Nevada military base lures the Faithful". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 2, 2009.
- Huff, Gene (1995). "The Lazar Synopsis". Archived from the original on August 18, 2007. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
- Knapp, George (November 13, 1989). "Dreamland (aka Area 51)". KLAS-TV. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- "Bob Lazar: The Man Behind Element 115 - 8 News NOW". KLAS-TV. April 17, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
- George Knapp. "Lazar's Disappearing Background" (Windows Media Video). KLAS-TV. Retrieved April 30, 2013.[dead link]
- "Maximum Distortion". boblazar.com. 2009. Archived from the original on February 9, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2009.
- "The Beings". boblazar.com. 2009. Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved February 2, 2009.
- Stanton Friedman The Bob Lazar Fraud January 7, 2011.
- Morgan, Dr. David L. (August 26, 1996). "Lazar Critique". Archived from the original on December 20, 2006. Retrieved February 7, 2011.
- "The S4 description by Bob Lazar". boblazar.com. Archived from the original on October 5, 2008. Retrieved October 5, 2008.
- "Bob Lazar: The Man Behind Area 51".
- "Bob Lazar, UFO Hoaxster".
- Brown, Stuart F. (April 1996). "Desert Blast". Popular Science Magazine (Vol. 248 ed.): 76–79.
- A.J.S. Rayl (December 1994). "Ka-Booom!!". Wired (2.12).
- "United Nuclear's Official Website". United Nuclear. Retrieved February 7, 2009.
- Steve Silberman (June 2006). "Don't Try This at Home". Wired. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- "Albuquerque firm feuds with feds over sale of fireworks parts". Albuquerque Tribune. July 24, 2007.
- Jessica Bennett (November 30, 2006). "Peddling Poison - How Scary Are Online Polonium Sales?". Newsweek. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- "New Mexico Company Fined, Ordered To Stop Selling Illegal Fireworks Components". U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. July 20, 2007. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
- Lazar: Cosmic Whistleblower (2015) at the Internet Movie Database
- Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs (2005) at the Internet Movie Database
- Official website
- Bob Lazar at the Internet Movie Database
- Robbins, Stuart (2015-06-04). "Exposing PseudoAstronomy, Episode 133: Element 115 and the Credibility of Bob Lazar's Claims (Shownotes)".