in Valencia, Spain, on December 27, 1948. Educated
formally until pre-university,
with a further diploma on programming language
in 1973, V.J. Ballester Olmos is
basically a self-taught student of many scientific disciplines.
He has had a professional career
in Ford Motor Company from 1976 to 2005. He has
elected to early-retire in December 2005. From 1983, he
has held the position of Manager, Insurance, Benefits and
Pensions. During his career, he received
and professional studies in Spain and England on Finance,
Ballester Olmos has been investigating UFO phenomena since
1966. He is an active promoter of scientific-oriented
ufology and he is proactively focused to team work. A
correspondent, collaborator and personal friend to the
most noted figures of the field in the last 35+ years.
Ballester Olmos is the author
of over 300 publications,
etc since 1965. His bibliography can be consulted
on-line in the following url: http://www.anomalia.org/bibliog1.pdf
Ballester Olmos has given frequent
speeches in many UFO congresses held in Spain,
and the United States of America.
for UFO Research (Washington, D.C.) scholarship
for the study of UFO close encounter cases reported in
Spain and Portugal
1983: Co-awarded with John Schuessler (NASA) the
Alvin Lawson Award,
"for his advances in the scientific comprehension
of the UFO phenomenon"
1998: Nominated to the
Isabel L. Davies Memorial Award, MUFON Inc.
1998: Premio Anaparéstesis,
1968-1973: Founder and President, Círculo de Estudios
sobre Objetos No Identificados (CEONI), Valencia, Spain
1969-1970: Founder of Equipo Nacional de Investigadores
1978-1982: Coordinator of Consejo de Consultores
de Stendek, Spain
1983-1985: Journal editor-in-chief, UPIAR Research
in Progress, Milano, Italy
1992-1999: Director of Investigations, Centro de
Estudios Interplanetarios (CEI), Barcelona, Spain
1997-2004: Cofounder, Vice-president and Research
Director, Anomaly Foundation, Santander (Spain)
2005: member, Steering Committee, Euro UFO Network
Ballester Olmos is a member, representative, adviser,
consultant to a number of the most important UFO societies
and journals in the world: Mutual
UFO Network, Inc. (MUFON),
Allen Hynek Center
for UFO Studies (CUFOS),
for the Scientific Exploration (SSE),
Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena
Journal of UFO and Abduction Studies, Cuadernos
de Ufología, amongst others.
1992 to 1999, Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos played a fundamental
role in promoting and supervising the start and development
of the process of declassification of UFO archives from
the Spanish Air Force, through an active cooperation with
the Intelligence Section of the Air Operative Command
(now Combat Air Command).
year 2001, Mr. Ballester Olmos is managing the FOTOCAT
Project, an in-progress project from the Spanish not-for-profit
Anomaly Foundation, aimed to create the largest worldwide
catalogue of UFO cases where photographs, films or videos
have been achieved. Over 6,000 cases are recorded now.
OVNIS: El fenómeno aterrizaje,
Plaza & Janés (Barcelona), 1978,1979, and 1984.
Foreword by Dr.
Los OVNIS y la Ciencia
(with Miguel Guasp), Plaza & Janés (Barcelona),
1981, and 1989. Foreword by Dr.
J. Allen Hynek.
Plaza & Janés (Barcelona), 1984. Foreword by
Enciclopedia de los encuentros
cercanos con OVNIS (with Juan Antonio Fernández),
Plaza & Janés (Barcelona), 1987
Temas de Hoy (Madrid), 1995. Foreword by Javier Sierra.
Epilogue by Dr.
1998: Biographical quotation in Marquis Whos Who
in the World.
2001: Unique civil ufologist interviewed by the
Revista Española de Defensa (official publication
of the Spanish Ministry of Defense): http://www.anomalia.org/redef.htm
of papers published:
"Type-1 Phenomena in Spain
and Portugal" (with Dr.
Jacques Vallée), Flying
Saucer Review Special Issue 4, August 1971
"Sociology of Iberian Landings"
Jacques Vallée), Flying
Saucer Review, Vol. 17:4, July-August 1971
"Record and Analysis of
the Spanish Negative Landings", Flying
Saucer Review, Vol, 18:4, July-August 1972
"Quantification of the Law
of the Times", Data-Net Report, June 1972
"Biometric Data in 19 UFO
Occupant Cases", Flying
Saucer Review, Vol. 19:3, May-June 1973
"A Catalogue of 200 Type-I
UFO Events in Spain and Portugal", Center
for UFO Studies, April 1976
"Are UFO Sightings Related
to Population?", in Proceedings
of the 1976 CUFOS Conference, Center
for UFO Studies, May 1976
"Dramatic Chase in Spain",
in The Encyclopedia of UFOs,
Ronald Story, 1980
"The Extraterrestrial Hypothesis"
(with M. Guasp), The APRO Bulletin,
Vol. 32:5, 7, and 8, August, September, and December 1984
"Investigating the UFO",
in UFOs 1947-1987. The 40-Year
Search for an Explanation, H. Evans and J.
Spencer (eds), Fortean Times,
"Characteristics of Close
Encounters in Spain" (with J.,A. Fernández),
for UFO Research, June 1987
"Standards in the Evaluation
of UFO Reports" (with Miguel Guasp), in
The Spectrum of UFO Research,
Mimi Hynek (ed), Center
for UFO Studies, 1988
"The Spanish Air Force UFO
UFO Reporter, January-February 1993
"Spanish Air Force UFO Files:
The Secret´s End", in MUFON
1993 International UFO Symposium Proceedings,
"Alleged Experiences Inside
of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 8:1, 1994.
of Completed Reports" (Jerold Johnson)
in MUFON Field Investigator´s
"UFO Declassification in
Spain", in UFOs:
Examining the Evidence, Mike Wootten (ed),
UFO Records Released: The Spanish Experience",
in UFO 1947-1997. Fifty Years
of Flying Saucers, H. Evans and D. Stacy (eds),
John Brown, May 1997
"Monitoring Air Force Intelligence",
in MUFON 1997 International UFO
Symposium Proceedings, MUFON,
"UFO Declassification -
The Spanish Model", European
Journal of UFO and Abduction Studies, launch
volume, September 1999.