Mack John E. (1934)

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Mack John E. (1934) Gender: M
John Edward Mack
born on 4 October 1929
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Taglilatelo
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American psychiatrist, Harvard Medical School professor and Pulitzer-Prize winner, Mack died in an automobile accident in London on September 27, 2004 where he had been attending a conference on T. E. Lawrence. Lawrence is the subject of Mack's psychoanalytic account, "A Prince of Our Disorder: The Life of T. E. Lawrence" which won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for biography. Mack was struck by a car while crossing a street and was pronounced dead at the scene. A multi-faceted person, Mack was active in the antinuclear movement and in the application of psychological approaches to the study of history.

In 1990 he began researching people who say they have encountered extraterrestrials. In 1994 he published a best-seller "Abduction." His theory was that such encounters were real though probably spiritual in nature, rather than physical. Harvard Medical School then appointed a special commission to investigate his work but the committee, after 15 months, declined to take action. In 1999, he published another book on the subject, "Cosmos: Human Transformation and Alien Encounters."

He earned his bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in 1951 and his medical degree from Harvard in 1955. He was also a graduate of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and was licensed in both child and adult psychotherapy.

After interning at Massachusetts General Hospital and completing his residency at Massachusetts Mental Health Center, he served in the US Air Force, rising to the rank of Captain. He left the service in 1961 and joined the Harvard Medical School faculty in 1964. In 1972 he became professor of psychiatry. In 1983 he founded the Center for Psychology and Social Change and was a prolific writer of scholarly articles as well as his 11 books.

He and his wife Sally divorced in 1995. They had three sons.


  • Social : Left group 1961 (left Air Force)
  • Work : New Job 1964 (joined faculty of Harvard Medical School)
  • Work : Gain social status 1972 (became professor at Harvard Medical School)
  • Work : Prize 1977 (Pulitzer for biography)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1977 (biography of T. E. Lawrence)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1994 ("Abduction")
  • Work : Lose social status 1994 (under investigation for his work on extraterrestrial experiences)
  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1995 (from wife Sally)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1999 ("Cosmos")
  • Death by Accident 27 September 2004 (in London, hit by a car)
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  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One, divorced)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Three sons)
  • Personal : Death : Accidental
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher (experiences with extraterrestrials)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Harvard Medical School/psychiatry)
  • Vocation : Healing Fields : Psychiatrist
  • Vocation : Military : Military service
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (active in anti-nuclear movement)
  • Vocation : Writers : Biographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Pulitzer prize