Bob Lazar

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Bob Lazar
Born Robert Scott Lazar
(1959-01-26) January 26, 1959 (age 59)
Coral Gables, Florida, U.S.
  • Former film processor
  • Owner of United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies
Spouse(s) Joy White

Robert Scott Lazar (/ləˈzɑːr/; born January 26, 1959) claims to have worked on reverse engineering extraterrestrial technology at a site called S-4, near the Area 51 test facility, and that the UFOs use gravity wave propulsion.[1][2] This is powered by the, at the time, undiscovered element 115, he further claims to have read US government briefing documents that describe alien involvement in human affairs over the past 10,000 years.

He runs a scientific supply company. Universities from which he claimed to hold degrees show no record of him.


Education and qualifications[edit]

Lazar claims to hold degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Investigations into his background could not find any records of Lazar ever having attended either institution.[3]

Stanton Friedman, a prominent ufologist, was able to verify that Lazar took electronics courses in the late 1970s at Pierce Junior College in Los Angeles, at the same time as he was supposedly attending MIT in Massachusetts. He further determined that Lazar had graduated from high school in the bottom third of his class, and that the only science course he took was chemistry,[4] he believes that this would almost certainly have excluded Lazar from MIT, as MIT usually only takes from the top percentiles, and only those who have taken many science courses.[5]

Lazar's occupation was listed as self-employed film processor on bankruptcy documents.[5]

Los Alamos[edit]

Lazar claims to have worked as a scientist "in the Meson Physics facility" at the Los Alamos National Laboratory,[6] his name does appear in a Los Alamos National Lab telephone directory; however, this lists both employees and contractors, and Stanton Friedman claims that he actually worked as a technician for Kirk Meyer, an outside contractor.[5]

Legal problems in 1990[edit]

In 1990, Lazar was arrested for aiding and abetting a prostitution ring, this was reduced to felony pandering, to which he pleaded guilty.[7][8][9] He was ordered to do 150 hours of community service, stay away from brothels, and to undergo psychotherapy.[8][9]


Area 51 gate
Groom Lake (upper left) with Papoose Lake noticeable at the lower right

Lazar is responsible for bringing the secret test site Area 51 to the attention of the general public.[10][11][12] In May 1989, Lazar appeared in a special interview with investigative reporter George Knapp on Las Vegas TV station KLAS, under the pseudonym "Dennis" and with his face hidden, to discuss his purported employment at "S-4", a subsidiary facility he claimed exists near United States Air Force facility Area 51. Supposedly adjacent to Papoose dry lake, which is located south of the main Area 51 facility at Groom Lake, he said the facility included concealed aircraft hangars built into the side of a mountain; in his interview with Knapp, Lazar said he was involved in reverse engineering several flying saucers. He appeared under his own name and unmasked in another interview with Knapp in November.[13]

Regarding the propulsion of the studied vehicles, Lazar claims that the atomic element 115 Moscovium, at that time not discovered, served as the fuel, and that this was used to generate gravity waves.[5][14] Lazar also claims that he was given briefing documents describing the historical involvement by extraterrestrial beings from Zeta Reticuli with this planet for the past 10,000 years.[3][15]

Lazar's story garnered some media attention and controversy; it has some supporters; however, the majority of scientific community remains skeptical.[3][15] Lazar has stated that his academic records were erased in an effort by the authorities to discredit his story.[16][17] Stanton Friedman has looked into Lazar's background and believes that Lazar lied about attending MIT and Caltech. No professors remember Lazar, he is not in any yearbooks, nor are there records of him attending, and he cannot even remember the year he obtained his masters, he is also not a member of any professional bodies. MIT have confirmed that there is no way to expunge someone from their records.[4]

United Nuclear Scientific Equipment and Supplies[edit]

United Nuclear Scientific sells a variety of materials including radioactive ores, powerful magnets, and other scientific equipment such as aerogel, as well as a variety of lab chemicals; in 2006 Lazar and his wife Joy White were charged with violating the Federal Hazardous Substances Act for shipping restricted chemicals across state lines. The charges stemmed from a 2003 raid on United Nuclear Scientific's business offices, where chemical sales records were examined.[18]

United Nuclear pled guilty to three criminal counts of introducing into interstate commerce and aiding and abetting the introduction into interstate commerce of banned hazardous substances; in 2007, United Nuclear Scientific was fined $7,500 for violating a law prohibiting the sale of chemicals and components that are used to make illegal fireworks.[19][20]

Desert Blast festival[edit]

Lazar and long-time friend Gene Huff run Desert Blast,[21] an annual festival for pyrotechnics enthusiasts in the Nevada desert.[21][22] Starting in 1987, but only formally named in 1991, the name was inspired by Desert Storm.[22]

The festival features home-made explosives, rockets, jet-powered vehicles, and other pyrotechnics,[21][22] with the intention of emphasizing the fun aspect of chemistry and physics.[22]


  1. ^ "Bob Lazar UFO Reverse Engineering Podcast". Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "Bob Lazar 2014". Retrieved 11 February 2018. 
  3. ^ a b c Frank B. Salisbury (2010). A Scientist Brings Reason and Logic to Over 400 UFO Sightings in Utah's Uintah Basin. Cedar Fort, Inc. p. 146. 
  4. ^ a b Stanton Friedman (January 2011). "The Bob Lazar Fraud". 
  5. ^ a b c d Stanton Friedman (2012). UFOs: Real Or Imagined?. Rosen Publishing. pp. 122–124. 
  6. ^ "About Us". United Nuclear. Archived from the original on 10 July 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Unusually Fanatical Observers". Los Angeles Times. 4 February 2003. 
  8. ^ a b "SOURCE IN CHANNEL 8'S UFO SERIES PLEADS GUILTY TO PANDERING CHARGE". Las Vegas Review Journal. 19 June 1990. p. 8b. 
  9. ^ a b "Judge Gives UFO "Witness" Lazar Probation on pandering charge". Las Vegas Review Journal. 21 August 1990. p. 2c. 
  10. ^ Nick Redfern (2015). Secret History. Visible Ink Press. p. 418. 
  11. ^ "Area 51 Exhibit To Feature Russian Roswell UFO Artifact At National Atomic Testing Museum". HuffPost. 20 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "Area 51: Secrets, Yes; Aliens, No". Live Science. 27 September 2012. 
  13. ^ George Knapp (1 November 2014). "Out there". KNPR. 
  14. ^ "Bob Lazar: The Man Behind Element 115". 2005. 
  15. ^ a b David Hambling (2016). Weapons Grade. Constable & Robinson. pp. 178–180. 
  16. ^ Arthur Goldwag (2009). Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies. Vintage Books. p. 139. 
  17. ^ "Believers Are Not Alone". Los Angeles Times. 20 March 1991. 
  18. ^ "Don't Try This at Home". Wired. July 2006. 
  19. ^ "New Mexico Company Fined, Ordered To Stop Selling Illegal Fireworks Components". U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. 20 July 2007. 
  20. ^ "US v. United Nuclear Scientific Supplies, et al". United States Department of Justice. 2006. 
  21. ^ a b c "Desert Blast". Popular Science. April 1996. pp. 76–79. 
  22. ^ a b c d "Ka-Booom!!". Wired. 1 December 1994. 

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