Hal Puthoff, Ph.D.

Harold (Hal) Puthoff, Ph.D., is Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin. His current research interests range from theoretical studies concerning gravitation and quantum zero-point-energy effects, to laboratory studies of innovative approaches for energy generation and space propulsion. Puthoff’s professional background includes engineering work at General Electric and Sperry; three-and-a-half years with the National Security Agency where his work on high-speed optoelectronic computers resulted in the award of a DoD Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Performance; PhD (Stanford, 1967) followed by post-doc appointments and co-authoring a textbook Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics; and over a decade at SRI International where he established and directed the CIA/DIA-funded Remote Viewing Program. In 1985 Puthoff relocated to Austin to found the Institute.

Puthoff regularly serves various corporations, NASA, and the DoD and intelligence communities as advisor on leading-edge technologies and future technology trends. As recently revealed in the New York Times and other major media, as part of this activity Puthoff has been a contractor/ Senior Advisor to the DoD’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) that addresses the issue of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) observed by our military platforms – the topic of his presentation to the SSE. Puthoff recently joined others to form To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science, whose missions include establishing a broad-based high-quality scientific Community of Interest in the public sector concerning UAP.


    IRVA 2022 – Ask Hal Anything & UFO/UAP Update

    IRVA 2020 – IRVA Founders Panel

    The International Remote Viewing Association was founded in March, 1999 by a group of some of the most influential figures from both the scientific and applications sides of the field. This panel discussion will be led by several of those early founders, discussing a range of topics – from the past, present, and future of remote viewing, to questions raised by our conference attendees. Truly a highlight of the 2020 conference!

    IRVA 2018 – The Department of Defense Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Program

    It has been widely believed that the government terminated investigation of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) in December 1969 with the closing of Project Blue Book as recommended by the Condon Committee. However, as recently revealed in the New York Times and other major media (December 2017), such is not the case. One such program, initiated in 2007 by the DIA and carried forward by the DoD, has come to light – the so-called AATIP program (Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program). AATIP is based on concern about continuing engagements between U.S. military platforms and UAP of seeming technological superiority over anything in the U.S. inventory. The renewed interest is fueled in part by the increased sophistication of U.S. sensor systems that reduce ambiguity about what is being detected. As a contractor and Senior Advisor to this program Puthoff will discuss various aspects of general interest about the program as well as additional initiatives he is now involved with that are being pursued in the public sector to seek answers and inform the public.

    IRVA 2015 – The Stories Behind the Stories

    We are honored to present Dr. Harold Puthoff as this year’s keynote speaker.”The stories behind the stories: Difficult, surprising and funny things that happened on the way to birthingremote viewing in a classified world.”

    IRVA 2002 – Remote Viewing: Classified Beginnings

    Hal Puthoff, Ph.D. founded the SRI remote viewing (RV) program in the spring of 1972. After circulating a report on results from some preliminary experiments, he was approached by the CIA to set up a program to widen the investigations to determine whether there was a credible threat to the U.S. from a known large-scale effort being pursued in the Soviet Union. Hal, with collaborators Targ, May and others, built the RV program up over the next two decades to both serve a number of clients in the DoD/Intelligence community, and to generate a dense data base for scientific evaluation. Hal will describe the genesis of the RV Program in some detail, its significance for operations, and its politics and scientific development over the years.