Martin Shough Biography
Martin Shough is the author of "Radar & the UFO," in UFOs 1947-1987: The 40-year Search for an Explanation, (Evans & Spencer, eds., Fortean Times: London, 1987); "Radar-Visual Encounter at Bentwaters," in Phenomenon (Futura: London, 1988); and "A Review of Twenty-One Ground and Airborne Radar UAP Contact Reports Generally Related to Aviation Safety for the Period October 15, 1948 to September 19, 1976," (NARCAP Technical Report # 6, 2002). He has compiled and evaluated an extensive catalogue of radar cases which it is hoped eventually will form the core of RADCAT, an exhaustive on-line resource (much work has been done on this by Jan Aldrich and associates at Project 1947) and he has worked with Dr. David Clarke on analyses of a number of UK military radar reports dating back to 1946. He is a UK Research Associate for the National Aviation Reporting Center for Anomalous Phenomena, at the invitation of NARCAP Chief Scientist, Dr. Richard Haines.
Other interests include music, landscape, and theoretical physics, with particular focus on nonlocal correlations and the quantisation condition for a scale-free fractal spacetime in which all position states are doubly connected. (Recent work includes the online papers "A Speculative Ontological Interpretation of Nonlocal Context-dependency in Electron Spin" and "Foundations of an Alternative View of Mechanics"). He has worked as a professional landscape painter in the north of Scotland for 15 years, whilst continuing also with writing and research. He presently lives in a glen in Ross-shire in the Scottish Highlands.
His opinion of the value of radar in UFO studies is that the radar environment, like the human perceptual environment within which it largely operates, is one of great subtlety subject to many vagaries. After eliminating known sources of radar scope indications, as far as possible within the limitations of the evidence available, there remains some intriguing evidence of anomalous phenomena obtained in the normal course of operation by military and civilian radars of various types. Nevertheless, there seems so far to be no one case that could be described as perfectly conclusive due to gaps in the observation and reporting chain. Hard information in the form of radarscope photos and tapes is rare. Despite this there is a great deal of latent information in the report population that could be very useful in planning future studies with dedicated instruments, and a small number of cases are sufficiently striking and well-documented that they suggest such studies could be worthwhile. There is at present insufficient evidence to be certain of the nature of the phenomena responsible.