Peter Sturrock

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Peter Sturrock is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Stanford University. His current research centers on solar physics and Bayesian methods of data analysis, [1] and he heads the Sturrock Solar Theory Group, funded by the National Science Foundation, in Stanford's Center for Space Science & Astrophysics.

Between 1981 and 2000, he was President of the Society for Scientific Exploration. He directed a 1997 study of physical evidence from unidentified flying objects. He "agreed that the problem is in a very unsatisfactory state of ignorance and confusion. I expressed the opinion that this problem will be resolved only by extensive and open professional scientific investigation, and that an essential prerequisite of such research is that more scientists acquire an interest in this topic." [2]

His degrees are from Cambridge University. His awards include:

  • Rayleigh Prize, Cambridge University, 1949
  • Gravity Foundation Prize, 1967
  • Hale Prize, American Astronomical Society, 1986
  • Arctowski Medal, National Academy of Sciences, 1990
  • Space Science Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1993


  1. Peter Sturrock, Stanford University
  2. Peter Sturrock et al. (1998), "Physical Evidence from UFO Reports", Journal of Scientific Exploration 12 (2): 179-229