Dr. Harold E. “Hal” Puthoff

In connection with remote viewing, Harold Puthoff’s name is usually mentioned together with Russel Targ. Together with Ingo Swann, both of them carried out the first experiments at SRI-International in mid-1972, which paved the way for the subsequent more than 20 years of research on remote viewing. The research at the SRI aroused the interest of the US secret service CIA, whereupon a program to study human consciousness was founded at the institute. Together with Russell Targ, Puthoff created and directed the program, which experimented with many types of ESP and psychokinesis, with a particular focus on the ESP-based remote viewing ability.

The government agencies invested considerable sums of money in research at the institute for six years until the project was transferred directly to Army Intelligence at Fort Meade in 1978. For the US Army, Puthoff and Swann developed the first training program to teach US military personnel the ability to remote viewing, which they then use on espionage missions against the Soviet Union and other foreign threats.

Dr. Puthoff, who graduated from Stanford University in 1967, has more than four decades of research in a variety of fields. He has published numerous papers on electron beam devices, lasers and quantum zero point energy effects, holds patents in the fields of lasers, communications and energy. His current research interests range from theoretical studies on gravity, inertia, cosmology and energy research to laboratory studies on innovative approaches to energy generation and space propulsion.

In 1985, Puthoff left the remote viewing program to become director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Austin. He has since served regularly for corporations, government agencies, the executive branch and Congress as an advisor on cutting-edge technology and future technology trends.

More than 4 decades of research

  • General Electric
  • Sperry
  • National Security Agency
  • Stanford University
  • SRI International
  • Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Austin (since 1985)

Awards, honors

  • American Men and Women of Science
  • Who’s Who in Science and Engineering
  • Who’s Who in the World
  • Appointment as a Fetzer Fellow
  • Co-author of the textbook Fundamentals of Quantum Electronics (Wiley, 1969)
  • DoD Certificate of Commendation for Outstanding Performance

Puthoff’s military and intelligence background

  • Following MSEE, U of FL, entered service as Ltjg, USNR (1960)
  • Naval Security Group HQ Activity (Nebraska Ave.)
  • NSA, Ft. Meade
  • Converted from Lt., USNR, to GS-13 (1963)
  • Resigned NSA, 1964
  • Graduated Stanford 1967, Post-doc app’t until 197
  • joined SRI, early 1972


Further information:

Dr. Hal Puthoff, PhD, on CIA History of the Top Secret Remote Viewing Program