Bruce S. Maccabee, Ph,D

Bruce spent his early year in Rutland, Vt. After high school he studied physics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass (B.S. in physics) and then at The American University, Washington, DC (M.S. and Ph. D. in physics). In 1972 commenced his long career at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, presently headquartered at Dahlgren, Virginia. He has worked on optical data processing, generation of underwater sound with lasers and various aspects of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) using high power lasers. Bruce Maccabee has been active in UFO research since late 1960s when he joined the National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP) and was active in research and investigation for NICAP until its demise in 1980. He became a member of MUFON in 1975 and was subequently appointed to the position of state Director for Maryland, a position he still holds. In 1979 he was instrumental in establishing the Fund for UFO Research and was the chairman for the about 13 years. He presently serves on the National Board of the Fund.

His UFO research and investigations (which are completely unrelated to his Navy work) have included the Kenneth Arnold sighting (Jun 24, 1947), the McMinnville, Oregon (Trent) photos of 1950, the Gemini 11 astronaut photos of September, 1966, the New Zealand sightings of December, 1978, the Japan Airlines (JAL1628) sighting of November 1986, the numerous sightings of Ed Walters and others in Gulf Breeze, Florida, 1987 - 1988, the "red bubba" sightings,1990-1992 (including his own sighting in September, 1991), the Mexico City video of August, 1997, the Phoenix lights sightings of March 13, 1997 at 10 PM and many others. He has also done historical research and was the first to obtain the "flying disc file" of the FBI (the REAL X-Files!).

Dr. Maccabee is the author or coauthor of about three dozen technical articles and more than a hundred UFO articles over the last 25 years, including many which appeared in the MUFON Journal and MUFON Symposium proceedings. He wrote the last chapter of "The Gulf Breeze Sightings" by Edward and Frances Walters (Morrow, 1990). He wrote the UFO history chapter of the book "UFOs: Zeugen und Zeichen," published in Germany in 1995. He is co-author with Edward Walters of "UFOs Are Real, Here's The Proof," (Avon Books, 1997), he is the author of "The UFO/FBI Connection" (Llewellyn Books, May, 2000) and he is the author of novel, "Abduction in My Life," (to be published, November, 2000). He is listed in Who's Who in Technology Today and American Men and Women of Science an he has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows and documentaries.

Bruce is an accomplished pianist who performed at the 1997 and 1999 MUFON symposia. He lives in Frederick County, Maryland.


  • Maccabee, B., "Strong Magnetic Field Detected Following a Sighting of and Unidentified Flying Object," Journal of Scientific Exporation 8, 347 (1994)
  • Maccabee, B., "Water Spout UFO Photographed, " MUFON Journal, Nov. 1994
  • Maccabee, B., "The Arnold Phenomenon," January/February and March/April issues of the International UFO Reporter (CUFOS) (1995)
  • Maccabee, B., "Raining on Sagans Parade," MUFON Journal, January, 1996
  • Maccabee, B., "The White Sands Films," International UFO Reporter, (CUFOS) Vol. 21, #1, Spring, 1996
  • Maccabee, B., "Illegitimate Science? A Personal Story," Journal of Scientific Exploration 10, 269(1996)
  • Maccabee, B., "Acceleration," Proceedings of the International MUFON Symposium, 1996
  • Maccabee, B., "The Nightline UFO Video," MUFON Journal, Dec. 1996
  • Maccabee, B., "The First Sighting," Proceedings of the International MUFON Symposium, 1997
  • Maccabee, B. "UFOs, the Real Thing or the Wrong Impression," Shutterbug Magazine, Aug. & Sept. 1997
  • Maccabee, B. "My Mission from the Ashtar Command," International UFO Reporter, Winter, 1997-1998
  • Maccabee, B., "Preliminary Report on the Mexico City Video of August 6, 1997," MUFON Journal, April, 1998
  • Maccabeem B., "Flying Peanut or Double UFO," MUFON Journal, January, 1999
  • Maccabee, B. "Phoenix Lights Revisited," MUFON Journal, Feb. 1999
  • Maccabee, B. "Immediate High ALert: The Mystery of December 6, 1960," Proceedings of the 1999 MUFON International Symposium. (this latter is the 100th published research paper on UFOs)
  • Maccabee, B. "Optical Power Output of an Unidentified High Altitude Light Source," published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol 13, #2,1999
  • Maccabee, B., "Atmosphere or UFO," published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration Vol 13, #3, 1999
  • Maccabee, B., "Prosaic Explanations, the Failure of UFO Skepticism," published in Infinite Energy Magazine, Issue #29, 2000; complete version in the Proceedings of the International MUFON Symposium, 2000

Dr. Maccabee has been interviewed by print, radio and TV media numerous times since 1978. He has also appeared in a number of documentaries. Here are some of the more recent:

  • A Current Affair TV show, April 1992
  • Unsolved Mysteries (Guardian case), Feb. 1993
  • Fred Fiske Radio Show on National Public Radio (Feb. 93 repeated twice during the year)
  • Sonya Live on CNN, July, 1993
  • WHAG Radio in Hagerstown (12 appearances as of summer 1996)
  • Area 2000 Radio Show (Art Bell) in Las Vegas (summer 1993)
  • WHPK in Chicago (Oct., 1993)
  • Encounters TV Show (Feb. 1994)
  • Dreamland Radio Show (June, 1994)
  • Central TV in London (interviewed, summer, 1994)
  • Sightings (Sep. 1994)
  • Kiviat-Green productions - Aug., 1995
  • Italian TV interview in San Marino (Sept., 1995)
  • A&E TV documentary, Where are all the UFOs , shown April, 1996
  • Four Point Productions for the Learning Channel
  • FOX TV Special on Aliens landing (INDEPENDENCE DAY MOVIE TIE-IN)
  • NIGHTLINE TV show, July 16, 1996
  • Transmedia Productions of Paramount House, London, first shown in the fall 1996
  • London Weekend Television , shown in the fall,1996
  • Discovery Channel, UFOS DOWN TO EARTH ,Dec. 1996
  • Sightings, January, 1997
  • Fox TV Best Video Evidence , August, 1997
  • The "Zoh Show" and 20th Century Radio with Zoh and Bob Heironimus on WCBM radio in Baltimore numerous times, 1997-1998
  • The John Koon Radio Show, Radio South Africa, Dec. 1997
  • Twentieth Century Radio with Bob Heironimus, March, 1999
  • Top Ten Unexplained Mysteries, The Learning Channel, Jan. 2000
  • The Julie Briggs Show on WMTR Radio, January, 2000
  • The Tex-Files TV show of Fox4 News, February, 2000
  • Fox TV "Best Video Evidence, Part 2," May, 2000
  • Mike Seigel Show, June, 2000
  • Radio 630CHED, Edmonton, Alberta, July, 2000
  • CBS TV affiliate, Edmonton Alberta, July, 2000

He has spoken at many conferences over the last 25 years. Here are some of the more recent.

  • Prince Georges Community College,
  • FUFOR Symposium, Aug. 1996
  • REAL X FILES Conference, Dusseldorf, Germany, Feb. 1997
  • Hakui (Japan) Space and UFO Museum Conference, March, 1997
  • Maryland MUFON Symp in Bethesda, May 1997
  • MUFON International Symposium, Grand Rapid, MI, July,1997
  • National UFO Conference, Springfield, OH, Sept. 1997
  • Omega UFO Conference, North Haven, CT Oct. 1997
  • Baltimore Whole Life Expo, March, 1998
  • Mid Atlantic MUFON Conference, May, 1998
  • New Hampshire UFO Conference, Sept. 1998
  • First International Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, Feb. 1999
  • Third International UFO Conference in Santiago, Chile, April,1999
  • International Symposium of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), July,1999
  • Mid-Atlantic MUFON Symposium, May, 2000
  • Intruders Foundation Symposium, New York City, May, 2000
  • UFO2000, St,. Paul, Alberta, Canada, July 2000
  • MUFON International Symposium. July, 2000

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