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J. Allen Hynek (1910–1986)

J. Allen Hynek was a professor of Astronomy at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He was also the Founder of the Center for UFO Studies and first coined the phrase "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" as a way to catagorize direct contact with aliens. See full bio »


(age 76) in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind (technical advisor - as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
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 1976-1977 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
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- Episode #16.74 (1977) ... Himself - UFO Expert
- Episode #15.24 (1976) ... Himself - Dr. Allen
 1977 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
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 1977 Beyond Reason (TV Series)
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- Episode #1.21 (1977) ... Himself - Guest (as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
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 2015 Project Blue Book (Documentary short)
 2009 The Portal: The Hessdalen Light Phenomenon (Documentary)
Himself (as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
 2009 I Know What I Saw (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Scientific Consultant, U.S. Air Force (1948-69) (as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
 2006 UFO: The Greatest Story Ever Denied (Video documentary)
Himself (as Professor J. Allen Hyneck)
 2004 The UFO Conspiracy (Video documentary)
Himself - UFO Researcher
 2002 Out of the Blue (Video documentary)
Himself (as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
 2000 Close Encounters: Proof of Alien Contact (Video documentary)
 1997 UFOs: 50 Years of Denial? (Documentary)
Himself - Scientific Advisor to Blue Book (as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
 1996 Les chercheurs d'OVNI (TV Movie documentary)

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Alternate Names:

Professor J. Allen Hyneck | Dr. J. Allen Hynek

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Close encounters of the third kind. [on physical contact with an alien being or an extraterrestrial craft, in his book _The UFO Experience_, Regnery, 1972] See more »


He was a director of the Operation Moonwatch satellite tracking program, secretary of the American Astronomical Society, and was influential in the Project Star Gazer balloon program. See more »

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