James Harder

Civil & Hydraulic Engineer, Professor

Respected Cal Berkeley engineering professor believed UFOs to be ET beings and testified to House of Representatives Committee on Science and Astronautics in 1968.

Professor James Harder was born on December 2, 1926, in Fullerton, California. He served as an electronics technician in the United States Navy between 1945 and 1946. After the Navy, he obtained a mechanical engineering bachelor's degree from Caltech in 1948, an Master's in civil engineering from UC Berkeley in 1952, and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 1957.

He worked as a design hydraulic engineer, teaching associate, and research engineer before becoming a professor in mechanical and civil engineering. Harder made substantial contributions to the fields of fluid mechanics and hydraulics research.

In the later stages of his career, Harder explored medical applications of fluid mechanics, working on innovative projects such as an electrically driven artificial heart and a new kind of endoscope. Later in life he took an interest in UFOs, and he became a leading authority in conducting hypnotic interviews with alleged UFO contactees, investigating more than 100 cases. He also testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Science and Astronautics regarding the UFO phenomenon.