Raymond Eveleth "Ray" Fowler (born November 11, 1933, in Salem, Massachusetts) is an American author and UFO researcher. He received a B.A. degree in liberal arts from Gordon College (Massachusetts). He graduated with honors when he received the degree magna cum laude. Fowler joined the U.S. Air Force in 1952, attended a special school for electronic espionage, after which he was assigned to the USAF Security Service under the auspices of the NSA. His civilian career included work on US government projects including the Minuteman Project weapons system.
Fowler is best known for his UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) investigations and books focusing primarily on UFO sightings and close encounters in the New England area of the U.S., including the Betty Andreasson Luca Alien Abduction case written about by Fowler. He also investigated and wrote about the Allagash Abductions, an alleged multiple persons abduction case.
Fowler served as Director of Scientific Investigations for MUFON and authored an older edition of the MUFON Field Investigators Manual. He also served as the Scientific Associate for the Center for UFO Studies. Fowler had also served as an associate member and eventually chairman of NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena).
J. Allen Hynek, who developed the Hynek UFO classification system (see Close Encounter), recognized Fowler as one of the outstanding investigators in the UFO field. "An outstanding UFO investigator ... I know of no one who is more dedicated, trustworthy or persevering," Hynek said about Fowler's investigative work.
Fowler was recognized for his many scientific efforts, and his work in Astronomy, and his private observatory was featured in the Sky & Telescope journal. Fowler also taught off-campus courses in Astronomy and UFOs at his Massachusetts home. He continues to teach amateur astronomy at his private observatory located at his Kennebunk, Maine home.
Later in life Fowler wrote about being an abductee himself sharing this information, most indepth, in his autobiographical book UFO Testament: Anatomy of an Abductee. During an interview with Rosemary Ellen Guiley Fowler listed some of his abduction experiences which seem to correlate with other abductee testimony such as Betty and Barney Hill abduction and Betty Andreasson Luca.
Fowler's claim of being an abductee, and his UFO research as a whole, was not always welcome by his family members, because of their religious beliefs on the subject of UFOs[UFO Testament: Anatomy of an Abductee]. Fowler's extensive investigations in the UFO field lessened after the publication of The Watchers I and The Watchers II , in which Fowler initially acknowledged his UFO abduction experiences. He continued writing books on the subject, however, including his own experiences as well as local investigations he had not previously published, in UFO Testament: Anatomy of an Abductee.
SynchroFile. Lincoln, 2004
UFO Testament: Anatomy of an Abductee, 2002
The Melchizedek Connection, 2001
The Andreasson Legacy, 1997
The Watchers II, 1995
The Allagash Abductions, 1993
The Watchers, 1991
The Andreasson Affair - Phase Two, 1983
Casebook of a UFO Investigator, 1981
The Andreasson Affair, 1979
UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors, 1979