Consultant in chemistry for the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO) before he cofounded MUFON.
Allen Utke was born in Wisconsin in 1937 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959 before working as an electronics technician. He later became an associate professor of chemistry at Wisconsin State University in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Utke developed a strong interest in UFOs in the 1960s after reading about them in books and magazines, and he became a consultant in chemistry for the Aerial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO), one of the earliest civilian organizations focused on UFO research.
He co-founded the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in 1969 with Walter Andrus, John Schuessler, and others in response to the U.S. Air Force's closure of Project Blue Book. Utke played a crucial role in MUFON's establishment and growth, serving as the organization's first Secretary and helping to establish its policies and procedures. He has also contributed significantly to MUFON's research projects and investigations, focusing on analyzing UFO sightings and developing new technologies for tracking and studying them.