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John Mack

John MackAKA John Edward Mack

Born: 4-Oct-1929
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 27-Sep-2004
Location of death: London, England
Cause of death: Accident - Automobile [1]
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Psychiatrist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: A Prince of Our Disorder

Military service: US Air Force (1959-61)

John Mack is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and a Harvard Medical School professor of psychiatry best known for his research into the alleged alien abductions phenomenon. Mack's research generated renewed attention to the subject, as well as a fresh though unlikely interpretation. According to Mack, regardless of whether the phenomenon was real in the conventional, physical sense, abductees might still be experiencing some kind of authentic interaction with another form of intelligence. Whether this intelligence was "alien", divine, or merely a projection from the patient's own unconscious, was open to interpretation. Mack's work is not without precedent, as even Carl Jung saw significance in the apparent mass hysteria over UFOs and extraterrestrials. Mack won the Pulitzer for A Prince of Our Disorder (1977), his biography of T. E. Lawrence.


[1] Struck by a drunk driver while walking home from dinner.

Father: Edward C. Mack
Mother: Ruth Prince
Wife: Sally Stahl (div., three sons)
Sister: Mary Lee Ingbar

    University: Oberlin College (1951)
    Medical School: MD, Harvard Medical School (1955)
    Professor: Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School (1972-)

    Pulitzer Prize for Biography 1977 for A Prince of Our Disorder
    Phi Beta Kappa Society

Author of books:
Nightmares and Human Conflict (1970, nonfiction)
A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T.E. Lawrence (1977)
Vivienne: The Life and Suicide of an Adolescent Girl (1981, non-fiction, with Holly Hickler)
Abduction: Human Encounters with Aliens (1994, nonfiction)


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