Rutledge, Harvey

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Harley D. Rutledge (January 10, 1926 – June 5, 2006) was a U.S. physics professor, and ufologist.


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Project Identification: the first scientific field study of UFO phenomena. Front Cover. Harley D. Rutledge. Prentice-Hall, 1981 – Body, Mind & Spirit – 265 pages.


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Dr. Harley D. Rutledge
Born January 10, 1926
Omaha, Nebraska
Died June 5, 2006 (aged 80)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Early life and career

In 1966, Harley Rutledge completed his Ph.D. in solid state physics at the University of Missouri. He subsequently took the position of Professor and Chairman of the Physics Department at Southeast Missouri State University. He was Department Chairman from 1964 to 1982 and retired from teaching in 1992.

UFO Research

Challenged to explain sightings of unidentified lights and luminous phenomena in the sky around Piedmont, Missouri, Dr. Harley Rutledge decided to subject these reports to scientific analysis. He put together a team of observers with college training in the physical sciences, including a large array of equipment: RF spectrum analyzers, Questar telescopes, low-high frequency audio detectors, electromagnetic frequency analyzer, cameras, and a galvanometer to measure variations in the Earth’s gravitational field.

The resulting Project Identification commenced in April 1973, logging several hundred hours of observation time. This was the first UFO scientific field study, able to monitor the phenomena in real-time, enabling Rutledge to calculate the objects’ actual velocity, course, position, distance, and size.

Observation of the unclouded night sky often revealed “pseudostars” – stationary lights camouflaged by familiar constellations. Some objects appeared to mimic the appearance of known aircraft; others violated the laws of physics. The most startling discovery was that on at least 32 recorded occasions, the movement of the lights synchronized with actions of the observers. They appeared to respond to a light being switched on and off, and to verbal or radio messages. The final results of this project were documented in the 1981 book, Project Identification: The first Scientific Study of UFO Phenomena.

Harley Rutledge, 80, former chairman of the physics department at Southeast Missouri State University, died on Monday, June 5, 2006 at the Missouri Veterans Home.[1]


  • Project Identification: The first Scientific Study of UFO Phenomena. Prentice-Hall 1981 ISBN 0-13-730713-6 by Harley D. Rutledge, Ph.D.

Research Papers

  • Project Identification: Thirteen Years and One-Hundred and Sixty Sightings Later, Harley D. Rutledge, Ph.D. (presented at the 1986 MUFON symposium).


  1. Greaney, TJ (June 6, 2006). “Area UFO expert Dr. Harley Rutledge, 80, dies”. semissourian. Retrieved 2007-02-26.

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Dr. Harley Rutledge/Project Identification – correspondence with Bob Soetebier:

“Bob Soetebier

[home address]

July 7, 1997  

Dear Bob:  

I am reluctant to inform you that I discontinued my UFO presentations several years ago, though I did contemplate a presentation at the 34th National UFO Convention in Springfield, Ohio, on September 6, 1997. I was offered a nice sum of money but I declined because my wife wants to be in Washington, D.C. for several weeks where two of our three grandsons live; the other in Boulder, CO. 

I suspect most of the world will focus their eyes (via TV) on the MARS device. It should sustain our interest for a long, long time. 



Harley Rutledge  

Dr. Harley D. Rutledge

[home address]








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