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

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This intellectual Pearl Harbor, a real gutsy sock to the stomach. [On the success of the Soviet orbiter Sputnik, the Earth's first artificial satellite] See more »


Dr. Allen's son Joel Hynek directed the design of the camouflage for the creature in the movie Predator (1987). See more »

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