Boyer Salisbury was born in Utah in 1926. He graduated
from the University of Utah with a B.S. (1951)
and an M.A. (1952).
He received his Ph.D. from the
California Institute of Technology (1955).
He was an assistant professor
of Botany at Pomona College from 1954-1955,
then assistant professor,
and professor of Plant Physiology at Colorado State University
from 1955-1966. He served
as head of the Department of Plant Science at Utah State
University from 1966 to 1970, when he resigned
to devote more time to research and textbook writing.
He retired in 1997 after leading
a project to grow wheat in the Russian space station Mir.
interest in UFOs developed from an interest in Exobiology.
In April 1962, he published an article entitled "Martian
Biology" in Science
magazine. In response, he received many letters calling
his attention to the UFO phenomenon. After surveying the
literature, he was led to an admission that considering
the possibility of extraterrestrial life, we should investigate
the chance that we are already being visited.
October 1966, following a talk on the possibility of life
on Mars to the Association
of Utah Science Teachers, he was approached
by Joseph Junior Hicks, a junior high school science teacher
from Roosevelt, Utah, in the heart of the Uintah Basin.
Hicks had been investigating a localized wave of UFO sightings
in the Basin, which piqued Salisburys interest.
In January 1967, Salisbury published "The
Scientist and the UFO" in Bioscience,
and the publisher asked him to expand it into a book.
Recalling Junior Hicks stories he began an investigation
of UFO reports in the Uintah Basin with the assistance
of Hicks, eventually publishing The
Utah UFO Display: A Biologists Report
B. Salisbury (left) and Joseph Junior Hicks (1972).
drawings as depicted by witnesses in the Uintah Basin.
were done with
color pencils on the bottom of the reports. A photograph
was made, and then a tracing from the photograph (Click
image to enlarge).
to Related Documents:
Frank B. Salisbury Papers (1943-1997) at the University
of Utah consist mainly of research materials and drafts
for Salisburys writings, as well as information
Written Statement to U. S. House of Representatives
Committee on Science and Astronautics Symposium on Unidentified
Flying Objects, July 29th, 1968.
Scientist And The UFO", BioScience, Jan., 1967
Developments in the Study of UFOS", BioScience, Aug.,
NASA page for "Project Greenhouse"
Levins Mars/Viking Page