December 10, 1948 in Kharkov, then the USSR. He received
his M.S. degree in Computer Science in 1972
and then joined the laboratory of Dr. A. V. Zolotov in
Kalinin (now Tver), where he studied the problem of the
explosion for three years. He received
his Ph.D. degree in the Philosophy of Science
from the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences
of the USSR, where in 1980, he defended his doctoral thesis
"Philosophical and Methodological
Aspects of the Problem of Extraterrestrial Civilizations"
(the first of its kind in the former USSR).
returning to Kharkov, Vladimir continued his work on the
Tunguska problem, closely collaborating with his Russian
colleagues, in particular with Professor Nikolay Vasilyev,
the leader of Tunguska studies in the former USSR and
present-day Russia. These decades-long investigations
made him realize the necessity to develop an objective
model of the Tunguska event that would be built on strict
empirical foundations. The Tunguska Mystery has appeared
as a result of this aspiration.
Rubtsov has authored some 150 scientific and popular-science
articles in the Soviet, post-Soviet, and foreign press,
as well as two scientific monographs: The
Problem of Extraterrestrial Civilizations (Shtiintsa
[Science, the publishing house of the Moldavian
Academy of Sciences], 1984 & 1987, co-authored with
Dr. Arkady Ursul) and UFOs and
Modern Science (Nauka [Science,
the publishing house of the Russian Academy of Sciences],
1991, co-authored with Dr. Yuly Platov). In 1984, monograph
The Problem of Extraterrestrial
given the Award of the Moldavian Academy of Sciences.
Vladimirs professional fields are methodology of
interdisciplinary research, sociology of science and technology,
and general epistemology. He is currently Director of
the Research Institute on Anomalous Phenomena (RIAP),
as well as the Editor of its newsletter RIAP Bulletin.
Rubtsov has been a speaker at several international academic
conferences, including the Third International Symposium
on Bioastronomy held at Val Cenis, France, in June 1990.
Also, during several years he actively participated in
annual Tsiolkovsky Readings in the Russian city of Kaluga,
where leading academic and rocket scientists of the USSR
discussed problems of the space exploration and the search
for extraterrestrial intelligence. At the Centenary Tunguska
Conference held in 2008 in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Dr. Rubtsov
read his paper Methodology of scientific research
programs and the problem of the Tunguska meteorite.
Vladimir Rubtsov is a full member of the Russian Academy
of Cosmonautics, an associate member of the Society for
Scientific Exploration, USA, a member of the Expert Group
on Anomalous Atmospheric Phenomena of the Russian Academy
of Sciences, and a member of the SETI Center of the Russian
Academy of Sciences. He can be contacted through his webpage
Rubtsov's professional fields are methodology of interdisciplinary
research, sociology of science and technology, and general
epistemology. He is currently Director of the Research
Institute on Anomalous Phenomena, a new scientific research
body that has been established in Kharkov by the Ukrainian
Aerospace Company "Vertical", as well as the
Editor of its newsletter RIAP Bulletin.
Rubtsov has been involved in ufological studies since
1966 (his paper "Guests
from Outer Space or Atmospheric Phenomena?",
published in the popular-scientific journal Znannia ta
Pratsa, Kiev, 1966, No. 9, was in fact the first positively-oriented
ufological paper ever published in the Soviet press).
As far back as 1981, he organized in Kharkov one of the
first half-official UFO Study Groups in the USSR.
Rubtsov is taking a specific interest in the application
of the scientific method to this field of investigations.
He has authored more than 100 articles on ETI and UFO
problems in the Soviet, post-Soviet, and foreign press,
as well as two scientific monographs: The Problem of Extraterrestrial
Civilizations (with A. D. Ursul, Kishinev: Shtiintsa,
1984 & 1987) and UFOs and Modern Science, (with Y.
V. Platov, Moscow: Nauka, 1991).
Rubtsov is a full member of the Russian Academy of Cosmonautics,
an associate member of the Society for Scientific Exploration,
USA, a member of the Expert Group on Anomalous Atmospheric
Phenomena of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the MUFON
representative for Ukraine, as well as a co-director of
the Joint USA-CIS Aerial Anomaly Federation.