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Photos of Jessup are rare. Here Jessup is shown in a picture that appeared in the Drake University yearbook. A pioneer in the study of UFOs, he always called for further research, saying "there is much to learn. Jessup was named for his uncle, Morris K. Jesup spelled with just one s. Jesup, a self-made man, railroad baron, banker and philanthropist, is honored with a cape in Greenland named for him. Jesup had financed several polar expeditions. The M. Jessup story, including his mysterious death, is absolutely spooky.
The man who once lived in Iowa is an icon of the unexplained, a major figure in paranormal fields, especially unidentified flying objects, or UFOs. He even coined the word UFOlogy u-fol-ogy. Jessup, who taught in Des Moines, is forever linked to the Philadelphia Experiment, a bizarre incident that has never been fully explained despite countless articles and books.
The event allegedly occurred in October , when a Navy ship, the USS Eldridge, was the subject of a top-secret war experiment. Through electromagnetic or similar technology, such as a variation of Einstein's Unified Field Theory, the ship became invisible and then was supposedly teleported from a dock in Philadelphia, Pa.
Moore in collaboration with Charles Berlitz. The Navy, which enlisted Jessup's help during an investigation after receiving a mysterious annotated copy of Jessup's first book, says such an experiment never happened. Upon graduating from high school, Jessup immediately went into the Navy, serving in , and then enrolling at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, also in With time out for travel, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in science in and earned a master's degree the next year.
He studied for a doctorate degree but did not graduate. Jessup became fascinated with astronomy and astrophysics, and a circuitous route brought him to Des Moines. In , he became a professor at Drake University. Today, the name Morris Jessup does not ring a bell with many people at Drake, but Mark Stumme of Drake's Cowles Library has dug up some information on the scientist's years in Des Moines.
An article Oct. Jessup comes to Drake as instructor in mathematics and astronomy with a colorful background and a wide and varied experience. While astronomy is his chief interest, amateur photography, radio and aviation are his hobbies.
A Des Moines Register article May 16, , said Jessup would lead 15 students on a study tour of six Latin American nations that summer, and said he had previously made three trips to that area.
Department of Agriculture, and last summer he and Mrs. Jessup traveled extensively in South America en route to South Africa," the article said. Jessup was pictured in the Drake yearbook, the Quax, with other members of the Drake math club. In the s and s, Jessup, who had left Iowa, took a particular interest in the new field of UFOs - flying saucers.
With a move to Washington, D. On the evening of April 20, , Jessup was found moments from death, slumped over the wheel of his station wagon in a Dade County park near his Florida home. A hose attached to the car's exhaust pipe had filled the car's interior with carbon monoxide.
No suicide note was ever found, and no autopsy was performed. Jessup reportedly was working on a new book about the Philadelphia Experiment. Was Jessup silenced - murdered because he knew too much? The controversy continues. Click here to give us feedback or to suggest a famous Iowan for a future profile.
The Case for the UFO
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The Case For the Ufo
Photos of Jessup are rare. Here Jessup is shown in a picture that appeared in the Drake University yearbook. A pioneer in the study of UFOs, he always called for further research, saying "there is much to learn. Jessup was named for his uncle, Morris K. Jesup spelled with just one s.