AsPS Charter Members – 20 April 1966
(Left to Right) Richard Bancroft, Ph.D., CAPT Mary E. Keener, USN, Capt. Donald C. Choisser, USAF, Edwin G. Vail, Ph.D., Thomas H. Allen, Ph.D., Col. William W. Evans, USAF, Capt. George Pendergrass, USAF, and CDR Kenneth R. Coburn, USN.
“ The Aerospace Physiologist Society actually began developing prior to 1966. With all due respect to the several aerospace physiologists from the Air Force, Navy, academia and industry, who from time to time informally discussed the creation of an organization of aviation physiologists, the first serious formative meeting took place at the AsMA Annual Scientific Meeting in New York in 1965. This first organizational meeting was, to a great extent, due to the inspiration and persuasive leadership of Capt. Giles W. Hall, USAF. Thus, on April 28, 1965, a group of 13 physiologists held a dinner at the LaScalla Restaurant in New York City and determined that an official organization for aerospace physiologists should be formed under the parent organization.”
– Excerpt fromThe History of the Aerospace Physiology Society—Part I
by Donald C. Choisser, Colonel, USAF, BSC (Ret)
To read more of the history as documented by Col (Ret) Choisser, follow the links below to the original articles published in ASEM in 2003-2004, presented here with permission from the author and the AsMA.
The history of the Aerospace Physiology Society–part I. Choisser DC. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. 2003 Dec;74(12):1315-7.
The history of the Aerospace Physiology Society–Part II. Choisser DC. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. 2004 Jan;75(1):94-6.
The history of the Aerospace Physiology Society–part III. Choisser DC. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. 2004 Feb;75(2):196-7.
Other historical articles:
High Points in Aerospace Physiology – A USAF Perspective, Part I. Brandt Y. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. 2010 May;81(2):535.
High Points in Aerospace Physiology – A USAF Perspective, Part II. Brandt Y. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. 2010 Aug;81(8):816.