ERICH VON DANIKEN
year of birth : 1935 | place of birth : Zofingen, SWITZERLAND
siblings : Leni Huggenberger von Daniken, Otto | children : Cornelia
nationality : Switzerland | occupation : Author
spouse : Elisabeth Skaja | education : Collège St-Michel, Fribourg, Switzerland
website : www.daniken.com
“ If we want to set out on the aruous search for the truth,
we must all summon up the courage to leave the lines
along which we have thought until now and
as the first step begin to doubt everything that we
previously accepted as correct and true.
Can we still afford to close our eyes
and stop up our ears because new ideas
are supposed to be heretical and absurd? "
“ Not until we have taken a look into the future
shall we be strong and bold enough to investigate
our past honestly and impartially. "
BOOKS BY THE MASTER
" Chariots of the Gods : Was God An Astronaut? " ... " Remnants Of The Gods: A Visual Tour of Alien Influence in Egypt, Spain, France, Turkey, and Italy " ... " Signs of the Gods? " ... " History Is Wrong " ... " Evidence Of The Gods: A Visual Tour of Alien Influence in the Ancient World " ... " Odyssey Of The Gods: The History of Extraterrestrial Contact in Ancient Greece " ... " Twilight Of The Gods : The Mayan Calendar and the Return of the Extraterrestrials " ... " Gods from Outer Space: The War of the Chariots (Magnet Books) " ... " Odyssey of the Gods: The Alien History of Ancient Greece " ... " Gold of the Gods " ... " Return to the Stars : Evidence for the Impossible " ... " Chariots of the Gods " ... " Alien Art: Extraterrestrial Expressions on Earth " ... " Pathways to the Gods:Kiribati " ... " THE RETURN OF THE GODS: Evidence of Extraterrestrial Visitations " ... " According to the Evidence: My Proof of Man's Extraterrestrial Origins " ... " The Gods and Their Grand Design: Eighth Wonder of the World " ... " Miracles of the Gods " ... " The Eyes of the Sphinx: The Newest Evidence of Extraterrestrial Contact " ... " Signs of the Gods? " ... " History Is Wrong " ... " Arrival of the Gods: Revealing the Alien Landing Sites of Nazca "
Erich von Daniken is a Swiss author of several books which make controversial claims about extraterrestrial influences on early human culture, including the best-selling Chariots of the Gods?, published in 1968.
Erich von Daniken later became a co-founder of the archaeology, astronautics and SETI Research association (AAS RA). He designed Mystery Park (now known as Jungfrau Park), a theme park located in Interlaken, Switzerland, that opened on 23 May 2003. While managing director of a Swiss 5-Star Hotel, he wrote his first book, Chariots of the Gods, which was an immediate bestseller in the United States, Germany, and later in 38 other countries.
Erich von Daniken's books have been translated into 28 languages, and have sold 60 million copies worldwide. From his books two full-length documentary films have been produced: Chariots of the Gods and Messages of the Gods. Of the more than 3,000 lectures which he has given in 25 countries, over 500 were presented at universities. Fluent in four languages, he is an avid researcher and a compulsive traveller, averaging 100,000 miles each year to remote spots of the Earth. This enables him to closely examine the phenomena about which he writes.
Erich von Daniken is a member of the Swiss writers association, the German writers association, and the International PEN-Club. He was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate degree by the State University of Bolivia. He received the "Huesped Illustre" award from the cities of Ica and Nazca in Peru. In Brasil he received the "Lourenço Filho" award in Gold and Platin, and in Germany he was awarded with the "Order of Gordon Bleu du Saint Esprit" (together with the German astronaut Ulf Merbold).
In 1998, Erich von Daniken founded the archaeology, astronautics and SETI Research association , AAS RA which publishes the English journal Legendary Times™ reporting about the latest research in the Paleo-SETI field.