Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 , 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Jacques F. Vallee was born in France, earned a B.S. in mathematics from the Sorbonne, a master's degree in astrophysics from Lille University, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Northwestern University. He developed NASA's first computer map of Mars, did galactic research at the McDonald observatory, researched artificial intelligence, contributed to database software at Shell in Europe and at RCA. At Stanford University he managed database systems and at SRI he developed the first Network Information Center (NIC) for the ARPAnet. He was a principal investigator for ARPA and NSF computer networking projects and led the group that developed the first network-based conferencing system. As a founder of a software networking company, and later as a venture capitalist with a Silicon Valley fund, Dr. Vallee continued to pioneer developments in computer software and networking projects. Eighteen of the hightech companies he financed have reached the Nasdaq public market.
Dr. Vallee has surveyed the history of the UFO phenomenon and suggested several avenues for further investigation. His interest in the UFO phenomenon began when he was a young astronomer at the Paris observatory, where he witnessed the destruction of recorded data obtained during the observation of an unidentified object by a team of astronomers. Stimulated by the realization that many such observations by professional scientists had been censored, Jacques and his wife compiled the first computer catalog of UFO data and began searching for patterns, first at the University of Texas, and later at Northwestern, where Dr. Vallee worked for four years as a close associate of Dr. J. Allen Hynek at the Dearborn observatory. This interest in the subject brought Jacques to many countries where he has conducted field research, from Russia to Brazil and from Scotland to Argentina. Jacques believes that UFO reports represent a robust, important and unexplained global phenomenon with significant implications for modern science and for the understanding of the link between consciousness and the physical universe.
Friendly Favors Event
Cost: $20 (or 20 Thankyous) and a dish to share
Discount Cost: Applies when you RSVP and choose to give Thankyou's.
Payment Instructions: Make checks payable to IONS
- 6 PM: One hour for socializing and eating dinner
- 7 PM: 30 minutes for welcome, announcements and introductions
- 7:30 PM: One hour for our guest speaker's presentation
- 8:30 PM: 30 minutes for Questions and Answers
- 9 PM: We close the event, allowing time for post-event commingling and cleaning before leaving by 10 PM.