Jacques Vallée holds a Master's Degree in astrophysics
from France and a PhD in computer science from Northwestern
University, where he served as an associate of Dr.
J. Allen Hynek. He is the author of several books
about high technology and unidentified phenomena,
a subject that first attracted his attention as an
astronomer in Paris. While analyzing observations
from many parts of the world, Jacques became intrigued
by the similarities in patterns between moderrn sightings
and historical reports of encounters with flying
objects and their occupants in every culture. The
result was the seminal book Passport to Magonia,
published in 1969.
After a career as an information scientist with
Stanford Research Institute and the Institute for
the Future, where he served as a principal investigator
for the groupware project on the Arpanet, the prototype
of the Internet, Jacques Vallée co-founded a venture
capital firm in Silicon Valley. He lives in San Francisco.
Dr. Vallée is known to be the inspiration for the lead
French scientist character in Steven Spielberg's "Close
Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), starring Richard