In Memorium: Robert Helmreich, Professor Emeritus 1937-2012
Posted: July 10, 2012
Robert Helmreich, Professor Emeritus of Psychology and pioneer of air safety research, died on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Dr. Helmreich taught at the University from 1966-2007. As principal investigator of the Human Factors Research Project, he studied group behavior in challenging environments such as undersea exploration, aviation, space and the medical operating room. He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Aviation Week and Space Technology's Distinguished Contribution to Aviation Safety Award in 1994, and the 1997 David S. Sheridan Award for distinguished service to mankind in the fields of science and medicine. He was editor of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and authored more than two hundred papers, chapters, books, and scientific reports. Dr. Helmreich will always be remembered as someone who demanded that psychology move beyond the narrow confines of the lab. His energy, dedication, intelligence, and humor will be missed.
Discussion of Dr. Helmreich's work
Human Factors Research Project
A career snapshot
An interview with Dr. Helmreich
University of Texas 2004 feature story