Wheelon Named Vice President of Engineering—Hughes News October 21, 1966

Albert D. Wheelon has been named vice president-Engineering, Allen E. Puckett, executive vice president, announced.

Dr. Wheelon has contributed importantly to the nation’s ballistic missile and space programs, and generally to the science of radio physics.

He has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UCLA and has filled scientific and management positions with TRW Systems Inc., and its predecessor companies and most recently with the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, where he was deputy director of Science and Technology.

“The appointment of Dr. Wheelon is in keeping with our program of bringing youth, vigor, and demonstrated ability to the Hughes Aircraft Company’s technological and management functions,” Dr. Puckett said.

Dr. Wheelon obtained a B.S. degree in engineering science from Stanford in 1949 and a Ph.D in physics from MIT, where he was a teaching fellow in physics, in 1952. He joined TRW Systems Inc. in 1953 and headed the radio physics laboratory. In June 1962 he joined the CIA, where he is credited with establishing that agency’s broad research and development operations, processing, and analysis activities for the scientific and technical intelligence.

Dr. Wheelon has been a member of the strategic weapons panel of the President’s Scientific Advisory Board since 1960. Since 1959 he has been a consultant to the Scientific Advisory Board of the United States Air Force. From 1957 to 1961 he lectured on electromagnetic theory at UCLA.


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About Jack Fisher

Jack was a systems engineer at Hughes from 1961 to 1992. He contributed to various programs including Surveyor, Pioneer Venus, Galileo, Intelsat VI and innumerable proposals. He was the manager of of the Spacecraft Systems Engineering Lab until his retirement. Upon retirement Jack taught systems engineering at a number of national and international venues.