Readers of my blogs are no doubt familiar with the name of Stanton Friedman. But, just in case you have never read a single “alien conspiracy” article (and if so, what are you doing here?), Stanton T. Friedman, was a nuclear physicist, lecturer and world-renowned UFO researcher and devotee of extraterrestrial existence.
I say was, because I just received the sad news that Friedman has died at the age of 84.
Friedman lived most recently in Canada. The following details of his death are from the Canadian newspaper, the National Post, and reporting by CBC News.
According to the Canadian press, as confirmed by his daughter Melissa, the famed UFO researcher died on May 13 at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Melissa Friedman said he was on his way home to Fredericton from a speaking engagement in Ohio.
She did not disclose the cause of death and asked that the family’s privacy be respected.
A Respected Authority on UFOs
Friedman built a reputation as a leading authority on unidentified flying objects, alien abductions and the Roswell incident. He is considered by many to be the definitive expert on the Roswell event.
He said his belief in extraterrestrials was based on data about UFOs and alien abductions he found buried in US government documents over the years.
Friedman grew up in Linden, N.J., and was employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist by well-respected companies including General Electric, Westinghouse and McDonnell-Douglas.
According to his book, Flying Saucers and Science, he first became interested in UFOs in 1958. He began lecturing on the topic in 1967, but says he never actually saw one himself.
“I have never seen a flying saucer, and I have never seen an alien. But remember, I chased neutrons and gamma rays for a lot of years as a physicist and never saw one of them either,” he told The Canadian Press in 2007.
“In fact, I’ve never seen Tokyo, but I’m convinced it’s there.”
Hometown Honors for Famous UFOlogist
It was in 2007 that the City of Fredericton declared Stanton Friedman Day to honor him.
At the time, he said he owed his personal success to the fact that people have an endless fascination with space and the unknown. “Can you think of anything that touches more deeply on who we are, where we stand and the mystery and the cover-up?” he asked.
“People are excited because it opens up the universe to wonderful possibilities.”
Kathleen Marden was a friend of Friedman for more than 30 years and co-authored three books on UFOs with him.
“When he knew the truth, he told the truth,” she said, after hearing of Friedman’s passing. “He was the original civilian investigator of the Roswell crash. Stanton was a man who did his homework. He always criticized the debunkers because they hadn’t done theirs.”
Marden said Friedman spoke at conferences and colleges across Canada and the United States and in 20 foreign countries. He was also a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows.
Friedman has been credited with bringing the Roswell Incident to mainstream consciousness. Prior to his death, Friedman was inducted into the UFO Hall of Fame in Roswell, N.M.
Freidman held dual US and Canadian citizenship. He lived in Fredericton with his wife of 44 years, Marilyn, mother to Melissa Friedman. He also had three children from a previous marriage.