Dr. Robert James Wherry, Jr.

Robert Wherry

Title: Proprietor, Chief Scientist
Company: The Robert J. Wherry Jr. Company
Location: Chalfont, Pennsylvania, United States

Dr. Robert James Wherry, Jr., Proprietor and Chief Scientist at The Robert J. Wherry Jr. Company, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in industrial psychology.

Dr. Wherry became involved in his profession because a friend of his suggested that he join the NROTC, which would pay for all his college books, fees and tuition. He was already a freshman when he took and passed the test, and stayed for another four years at The Ohio State University where his father taught. The extra year allowed him to almost complete his master’s degree in psychology before being commissioned as an ensign and reporting to his assigned destroyer. After 18 months, he transferred to the U.S. Navy’s Medical Service Corps and became an aviation experimental psychologist. After four years working on personnel selection and training of Naval Aviators, the Navy sent him back to The Ohio State University to obtain his PhD, majoring in industrial psychology and minoring in statistics. Dr. Wherry matriculated at The Ohio State University earning a BA in psychology, an MA in psychology and a PhD in industrial psychology in 1955, 1960 and 1964 respectively. Dr. Wherry served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 until he retired in 1976.

The highlight of Dr. Wherry’s career was developing and validating the Human Operator Simulator (HOS) over a period of 30 years. HOS was a solution to a critical problem of a lack of effective human engineering methodology for determining if naval aviators and flight crewmembers would be able to perform their allocated tasks in new airborne weapons systems. After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Dr. Wherry became the proprietor and chief scientist of The Robert J. Wherry Jr. Company in 1976 and still running his business to this day. As a testament to his success, Dr. Wherry was the first military officer to win the annual Outstanding Professional Employee Award in seven commands within the Pacific Missile Range Complex in 1969. He has also received a Presidential Citation for economic savings from the President of the United States in 1966 and the Henry A. Imus Award for best research from the American Psychological Association in 1965.

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