Dr. Harley D. Rutledge
(January 10, 1926 - June 5, 2006) was a U.S. physics professor
, and ufologist
Early life and career
In 1966, Harley Rutledge completed his Ph.D.
in solid state physics
at the University of Missouri
. He subsequently took the position of Professor and Chairman of the Physics Department at Southeast Missouri State University
. He was Department Chairman from 1964 to 1982 and retired from teaching in 1992.
Challenged to explain sightings of unidentified lights and luminous phenomena in the sky around Piedmont, Missouri, Dr. Harley Rutledge decided to subject these reports to scientific analysis. He put together a team of observers with college training in the physical sciences, including a large array of equipment: RF spectrum analyzers, Questar telescopes
, low-high frequency audio detectors, electromagnetic frequency analyzer, cameras, and a galvanometer to measure variations in the Earth's gravitational field.
The resulting Project Identification
commenced in April 1973, logging several hundred hours of observation time. This was the first UFO
scientific field study, able to monitor the phenomena in real-time, enabling Rutledge to calculate the objects' actual velocity, course, position, distance, and size.
Observation of the unclouded night sky often revealed "pseudostars" - stationary lights camouflaged by familiar constellations. Some objects appeared to mimic the appearance of known aircraft; others violated the laws of... Read More