Stanton Terry Friedman (July 29, 1934) is an American physicist and professional ufologist, currently residing in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. In 2007, the City of Fredericton honored Friedman by declaring August 27 Stanton Friedman Day.
Friedman has written books on the UFO phenomenon and was the first civilian investigator of the Roswell UFO incident. Since 1967, he has spoken about UFOs at more than 600 colleges and universities and more than 100 professional groups in the USA, Canada, and 16 other countries. Friedman used to bill himself as ''The Flying Saucer Physicist'' due to his nuclear physics degree. He's one of the few scientists with legitimate scientific degrees to publicly speak out about UFO phenomena at length and one of the fewer qualified to espouse a professional conviction of their reality and validity.
Friedman graduated from the University of Chicago, earning a Bachelor of Science (1955) and Master of Science (1956) degree in nuclear physics.
Friedman was employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist for such companies as General Electric, General Motors, Westinghouse, TRW Systems, Aerojet General Nucleonics, and McDonnell Douglas. His projects included work on nuclear aircraft, fission and fusion rockets, and nuclear powerplants for space. He also was involved with the investigation of radiation issues and handling procedures for the Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 spacecraft, the first man-made objects to explore the outer region of the Solar System.
Since the 1980s, he has done related consultant work, while running several companies in the food irradiation and Radon-detection industries.
Friedman is a member of the American Nuclear Society, the American Physical Society, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and AFTRA. He has presented papers at meetings of the American Nuclear Society, as well as chairing a session. He additionally was a weekly science commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for six years in the 1980s.
Friedman became interested in UFOs at age 24 as a young nuclear physicist working for General Electric and in 1970 departed engineering work entirely to make a full time living studying and lecturing on UFO-related topics. He was perhaps the first investigator and publicizer of the 1947 Roswell UFO incident as a genuine crash of an extraterrestrial spacecraft. A significant portion of Friedman's lectures and ideas are derived from the Majestic 12 papers, five large scale scientific studies and the results of his research in archives of various U.S. Government institutions and Presidential Libraries. He has published more than 80 UFO-related scientific papers, although few if any of them have been published in peer reviewed journals.
Friedman is combative with critics of the Extraterrestrial hypothesis notion in general, and critics of the ETH/government cover-up theory of the Roswell UFO incident especially. He regards more conventional extraterrestrial-related scientific efforts such as the SETI Project with a particular contempt. Friedman is a tireless and most significant promoter of the UFO-ETH idea. Since 1967 he has lectured on the subject at more than 600 colleges and over 100 professional groups in all 50 US states, 9 Canadian provinces, and 14 other countries and appeared on hundreds of radio and TV programs. He has provided written testimony to Congressional Hearings, appeared twice at the UN, and been a pioneer in many aspects of Ufology including the Roswell, Majestic 12, the Betty Hill-Marjorie Fish star map work, and analysis of the Delphos, Kansas, physical trace case. He was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Leeds, England, in September, 2002, by UFO Magazine of the UK. A documentary Stanton T. Friedman IS Real was broadcast in Canada in 2002.
Friedman has reached the conclusion that a small fraction of documented UFO reports are observations of physical machines designed, built, and flown by an alien species from another planet to visit/study the earth. He is amongst those, like Jean-Pierre Petit, who advocate these machines are designed and operate according to physics and technologies that are entirely plausible within modern human understanding, albeit beyond present human engineering.
Given his engineering background and work on the Hill Star Map in addition to Roswell, Friedman has concluded that in July 1947 an electrodynamically propelled scout vehicle from a large, interstellar ''mothership'' originating from Zeta Reticult crashed in the New Mexico desert, perhaps due to a lightning storm. Friedman hypothesizes that the U.S. Government is in possession of the remains of both the craft and its occupants, and maintains a cover-up to prevent this becoming public knowledge. Mr. Friedman has published and lectured at length regarding the myriad details and accounts he has accumulated throughout his years of study that have led him to that conclusion.