Robert Scott Lazar|
January 26, 1959
Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.
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Robert Scott Lazar (//; born January 26, 1959) claims to have worked on reverse engineering extraterrestrial technology at a site called S-4, near the Area 51 test facility, and that the UFOs use gravity wave propulsion. This is powered by the (as of then undiscovered) element 115. He further claims to have read US government briefing documents that describe alien involvement in human affairs over the past 10,000 years. Lazar's claims resulted in bringing the secret Area 51 site to the attention of the public.
Universities from which Lazar claimed to hold degrees show no record of him. He owns and runs a scientific supply company.
Lazar is responsible for bringing the secret test site Area 51 to the attention of the general public. In May 1989, Lazar appeared in a special interview with investigative reporter George Knapp on Las Vegas TV station KLAS, under the pseudonym "Dennis" and with his face hidden, to discuss his purported employment at "S-4", a subsidiary facility he claimed exists near United States Air Force facility Area 51. He said the facility was adjacent to Papoose Lake, which is located south of the main Area 51 facility at Groom Lake, and included concealed aircraft hangars built into a mountainside. He said that he was involved in the reverse engineering of several flying saucers. He appeared under his own name and unmasked in a subsequent interview with Knapp in November.
Lazar claims that the propulsion of the studied vehicles was fueled by atomic element 115 (Moscovium, discovered later in 2003), and that this was used to generate gravity waves. He also claims that he was given briefing documents describing the historical involvement by extraterrestrial beings from Zeta Reticuli with Earth for the past 10,000 years.
Lazar's story garnered media attention and controversy, and has some supporters; however, the majority of scientific community remains skeptical. Lazar claims to have worked as a scientist "in the Meson Physics facility" at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has stated that his academic records were erased in an effort by the authorities to discredit his story.
Education and qualifications
Lazar claims to hold degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Investigations into his background could not find any records of Lazar ever having attended either institution.
Stanton Friedman, a prominent ufologist, was able to verify that Lazar took electronics courses in the late 1970s at Pierce Junior College in Los Angeles, at the same time as he was supposedly attending MIT in Massachusetts. He further determined that Lazar had graduated from high school in the bottom third of his class, and that the only science course he took was chemistry. He believes that this would almost certainly have excluded Lazar from MIT, as MIT usually only takes from the top percentiles, and only those who have taken many science courses. Friedman believes that Lazar lied about attending MIT and Caltech. No professors remembered Lazar, he was not in any yearbooks, nor were there records of him attending, and he could not remember the year he obtained his masters. He was also not a member of any professional bodies. MIT has confirmed that there is no way to expunge someone from their records.
Lazar's name does appear in a Los Alamos National Lab telephone directory; however, this lists both employees and contractors, and Stanton Friedman claims that he actually worked as a technician for Kirk Meyer, an outside contractor.
Legal problems in 1990
In 1990, Lazar was arrested for aiding and abetting a prostitution ring. This was reduced to felony pandering, to which he pleaded guilty. He was ordered to do 150 hours of community service, stay away from brothels, and undergo psychotherapy.
Lazar owns and operates United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies, which sells a variety of materials including radiation sensors, radioactive ores, non radioactive elements such as pure silicon, powerful magnets, and other scientific equipment such as aerogel, as well as a variety of lab chemicals. In 2006, Lazar and his wife Joy White were charged with violating the Federal Hazardous Substances Act for shipping restricted chemicals across state lines. The charges stemmed from a 2003 raid on United Nuclear's business offices, where chemical sales records were examined.
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. 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.
Desert Blast festival
Lazar and long-time friend Gene Huff run Desert Blast, an annual festival for pyrotechnics enthusiasts in the Nevada desert. Starting in 1987, but only formally named in 1991, the name was inspired by Desert Storm. The festival features homemade explosives, rockets, jet-powered vehicles, and other pyrotechnics, with the aim of emphasizing the fun aspect of chemistry and physics.
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