Researchers

A list of important and noteworthy researchers of Fortean subject matter.

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[ 1900 – 1930 ] :


Charles Hoy Fort (Born: August 6th 1874, Work Began: 1919 / Age 45, Died: May 3rd 1932 / Aged 57) Anomalous Phenomena collector.

⦁ The Book of the Damned (1919)
⦁ New Lands (1923)
⦁ Lo! (1931)
⦁ Wild Talents (1932)


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[ Work Began 1940 ] :


Ivan Terence Sanderson (Born: January 30th 1911, Work Began: Early 1940s / Age 29-30’s, Died: February 19th 1973 / Aged 62) Biologist and Fortean researcher.

– Began Fortean writings (Early 1940s) –
⦁ Abominable Snowmen: Legend Come To Life (1961)
⦁ Things (essays) (1967)
⦁ More Things (essays) (1969)
⦁ Invisible Residents: The Reality of Underwater UFOs (1970)


Raymond Arthur Palmer (Born: August 1st 1910, Work Began: March 1945 / Age 34, Died: August 15th 1977 / Aged 67) Pulp fiction and Fortean publisher.


Kenneth Albert Arnold (Born: March 29th 1915, Work Began: 1947 / Age 32, Died: January 16th 1984 / Aged 68) UFO witness and researcher.

– Coined the term “Flying Saucer” after UFO sighting (June 1947)


Josef Allen Hynek (Born: May 1st 1910, Work Began: 1947 / Age 37, Died: April 27th 1986 / Aged 75) UFO Skeptic and researcher.


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[ Work Began 1950 ] :


Donald Edward Keyhoe (Born: June 20th 1897 Work Began: January 1950 / Age 53, Died: November 29th 1988 / Aged 91) Pulp fiction writer turned UFO researcher.


Albert K. Bender (Born: June 16th 1921, Work Began: 1952 / Age 31, Died: March 29th 2016 / Aged 94) Pennsylvania UFO researcher.

– Founded the International Flying Saucer Bureau (1952) –
⦁ Space Review Newsletter (1952-53)
⦁ Flying Saucers And The Three Men (1962) (w/ Gray Barker)


Gray Roscoe Barker (Born: May 2nd 1925, Work Began: September 1952 / Age 27, Died: December 6th 1984 / Aged 59) West Virginia UFO researcher.

– Investigated The Flatwoods Monster (Sept 1952) –
⦁ They Knew Too Much About Flying Saucers (1956)
⦁ The Silver Bridge (1970)
⦁ Men In Black: The Secret Terror Among Us (1983)


Bernard Heuvelmans (Born: October 10th 1916, Work Began: 1958 / Age 42, Died: 2011 / Aged 84) French monster researcher.


Roger Patterson (Born: February 14th 1933, Work Began: December 1959 / Age 26, Died: January 15th 1972 / Aged 39) California Sasquatch researcher.

Do Abominable Snowmen of America Really Exist? (1966)


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[ Work Began 1960 ] :


Frederick “Ted” William Holiday (Born: 1921, Work Began: August 1962 / Age 41, Died: 1979 Aged 59) English Loch Ness Monster researcher.

– Went to Loch Ness in attempt to get photos (August 1962) –
⦁ The Great Orm of Loch Ness (1969)
⦁ The Dragon and the Disc (1973)
⦁ The Dyfed Enigma (1979)
⦁ The Goblin Universe (1986)


Jacques Fabrice Vallee (Born: September 24th 1939, Work Began: 1964 / Age 25) UFO and fae researcher.


Elliot Budd Hopkins (Born: June 15th 1931, Work Began: August 1964 / Age 33, Died: August 21st 2011 / Aged 80) UFO researcher.


Brad Steiger (Born: February 19th 1936, Work Began: 1965 / Age 29, Died: May 6th 2018 / Aged 82) Fortean researcher.


John Alva Keel (Born: March 25th 1930, Work Began: 1966 / Age 37, Died: July 3rd 2009 / Aged 79) New York writer turned Fortean researcher.

⦁ Jadoo (1957)
– Commissioned to write a UFO article (Early 1966) –
⦁ The Fickle Finger of Fate (1966)
– Arrived in Pt Pleasant WV to investigate Mothman (Dec 1966) –
⦁ Anomaly (newsletter) (1969-74)
⦁ Strange Creatures From Time And Space (SCFTAS) (1970)
⦁ Operation Trojan Horse (OTH) (1970)
⦁ Our Haunted Planet (1971)
⦁ The Mothman Prophecies (1975)
⦁ The Eighth Tower (1975)
⦁ Disneyland of the Gods (1988)
⦁ The Complete Guide to Mysterious Beings (1994) (Revised version of SCFTAS)


Mary E. Hyre (Born: 1915, Work Began: November 1966 / Age 51, Died: February 15th 1970 / Aged 55) West Virginia reporter turned Fortean researcher.

⦁ Where The Waters Mingle (newspaper column of The Athens Messenger) (1966-70)


Loren Coleman (Born: July 12th 1947, Work Began: Late 1960’s & Early 70’s / Age: Early 20s) Fortean researcher.


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[ Work Began 1970 – 80 ] :


Rosemary Ellen Guiley (Born: July 8th 1950, Work Began: 1989 / Age 39, Died: July 18th 2019 / Age 69) Paranormal researcher.


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