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Dr. Roy P. Mackal

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Cofounder
    International Society of Cryptozoology
  • Board Member
    International Society of Cryptozoology


  • Ph.D.
    University of Chicago
  • B.A.
    University of Chicago
110 Total References
Web References
ISC's late Vice President Dr. Roy ..., 27 May 2014 [cached]
ISC's late Vice President Dr. Roy Mackal has written: "…the term 'cryptozoology' seems to me particularly appropriate, coming as it does from the Greek work *kryptos*, meaning 'hidden.' 'unknown,' 'secret,' 'enigmatic,' 'mysterious'; hence literally the study of hidden animals" (Searching for Hidden Animals, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1980, p. xi).
Monster of the Tub - - science news articles online technology magazine articles Monster of the Tub, 28 June 2006 [cached]
Roy Mackal, cofounder of the International Society of Cryptozoology, visited the lake in 1981 and declared the monster real, though he doubted it was a plesiosaur.Mackal favors the zeuglodon, also known as Basilosaurus, a snakelike proto-whale extinct for tens of millions of years.Mackal is a former University of Chicago biochemistry professor who studied under Enrico Fermi, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard, and Edward Teller.
Mackal was bitten by a green mamba snake in Congo and is said to have been the model for the film role of Indiana Jones played by Harrison Ford.
The Society, 25 Nov 2001 [cached]
Purpose of the Society | The Board of Directors | Bernard Heuvelmans, ISC President | Roy P. Mackal, ISC Vice President | J. Richard Greenwell, ISC Secretary | Aaron M. Bauer, ISC Board member | C.K. Brain, ISC Board member | Eric Buffetaut, ISC Board member | Angelo P. Capparella, ISC Board Member | Eugenie Clark, ISC Board member | Colin P. Groves, ISC Board member | David Heppell, ISC Board member | Christine Janis, ISC Board member | Grover S. Krantz, ISC Board member | Anthony P. Russell, ISC Board member | Nikolai Spassov, ISC Board member | Zhou Guoxing, ISC Board member | Peter A. Jaszi, ISC Board Legal Advisor | Policy Statement
Roy P. Mackal, ISC Vice President
Roy P. Mackal
Vice President
Roy Mackal spent most of his academic career at the University of Chicago, first as a student in the late 1940's and later as a faculty member in both the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Biology (now Ecology and Evolutionary Biology).He retired from the University in 1992.He was a founding Board member of the Society, and in the 1960's he was scientific director for the now-defunct Loss Ness Phenomena Investigation Bureau, being responsible for the first introductions of sophisticated technology at that Scottish lake.In the early 1980's, Dr. Mackal led two expeditions into the Likouala swamps of the Congo in search of Mokele-Mbembe, and he has since participated in cryptozoological fieldwork in Namibia and Papua New Guinea.
Roy Mackal was mentioned as ..., 19 May 2015 [cached]
Roy Mackal was mentioned as having led an expedition in response to previous similar reports of mysterious creatures in the Congos: "Roy Mackal of the University of Chicago claimed that the inhabitants of a remote section of the Congo refer to the 15 to 30 foot long creature as 'Mokele Mbembe', and he suggested it might be either a dinosaur or a large monitor lizard.
A three month search was being organized by consultant engineer Herman Regusters (Jet Propulsion Labs, NASA) together with Biologist Roy P. Mackal (U of Chicago) and Botonist Richard Greenwell of the U of Arizona.
"And respected University Professor Roy Mackal says his expedition found the fresh footprints of a dinosaur that weighed in at 30 tons"..."I was the tracks with my own eyes!", Dr. Mackal said.
Who's seen a Dinosaur? in Cryptozoology Forum, 9 Dec 2013 [cached]
Scientist Roy Mackal of the University of Chicago,
and in harmony with Dr. Mackal's information from the Congo.
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