Colonel Robert B. Emerson was a veteran of WWII who was a technical expert in the physical sciences. He was an accomplished chemist and radiation physics laboratory-oriented officer, whose experience extended even to studies of what chemical warfare could do. He operated all over western Europe during the war, mainly organizing large operations such as hospitals to deal with the potentials involved in these areas. After his retirement to reserve status in the States, Colonel Emerson set up a physical testing laboratory. He also began a personal active interest in the UFO phenomenon and joined NICAP in 1957 [and became their physical sciences consultant, offering the services of his testing lab at no cost.]He served on the original NICAP Board of Governors.