Robert Scott Lazar (/ləˈzɑːr/; born January 26, 1959) is an American conspiracy theorist and self-proclaimed physicist who claims he was hired in the late 1980s to reverse-engineer extraterrestrial technology. This work supposedly occurred at a secret site called 'S-4', a subsidiary installation allegedly located several kilometers south of the United States Air Force facility popularly known as Area 51.
Lazar purports to have examined an alien craft and read US government briefing documents that described alien involvement in human affairs over the past 10,000 years. His claims brought additional public attention to Area 51 and fueled conspiracy theories surrounding its classified activities. His assertions have been analysed and rejected by sceptics and some ufologists, although he retains a following of supporters.
Lazar has no evidence of alien life or technology, and elements of his claimed education and employment history have been exaggerated or fabricated. Perceptions of Lazar have also been affected by criminal activity: he was convicted in 1990 for his involvement in a prostitution ring, and again in 2006 for selling illegal chemicals. Journalist Ken Layne states, 'A lot of credible people have looked at Lazar's story and rationally concluded that he made it up.'
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